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SCOTUS Sides Against Property Rights in Kelo Case

Leonard Gilroy
June 22, 2005, 8:27am

The Supreme Court released their widely anticipated decision in the Kelo vs. New London case today. The decision was 5-4 in favor of the City of New London, supporting the expansive view of the power of eminent domain that has led to an erosion of private property rights nationwide. The notion that cities can use eminent domain for economic development purposes -- taking private property just because they can make more money by giving it to someone else -- is now safe. From the WaPo: You can read the opinions here. Check back later for more on this developing story. For background, visit Reason's Eminent Domain Resource Center. Also be sure to check out SCOTUSBlog and The Volokh Conspiracy throughout the day for legal analysis.

Leonard Gilroy is Director of Government Reform

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