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A timely (cinematic) tale of eminent-domain abuse

Does the Supreme Court make mistakes? Yes. Sometimes big ones.

One of those was the ruling Kelo v. City of New London.

In the 2005 eminent domain case, the U.S. Supreme Court decided it was legal to transfer land from one private owner to another private owner to further economic development.

In a 5–4 decision, the liberals in the court upended the Takings Clause of the Fifth Amendment, ruling that the general benefits a community could enjoy from economic growth by qualified private redevelopment was permissible under the “public use” clause.

Simply put, it means the government can take your land, your house, your rightful property and give it to private developers when they deem it economically sound for the community.

It was a stunning decision, carved out of a gross violation of property rights and a misuse of the Fifth Amendment. The consequences of a decision to benefit large


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