Friday, June 24, 2005

Kelo decision holds that property may be taken from A and given to B as a "public use"

The Supreme Court yesterday decided Kelo v. New London. In a 5-4 ruling, the court found against Susette Kelo and other New London, Conn., homeowners who had protested their city government's attempt to take their homes and turn their property over to private commercial developers. At base, the Supreme Court majority endorsed the government's position that public officials can justify takings of private property for the purpose of increasing government tax revenues.

There is goodiscussionon of Kelo over at SCOTUS Blog.

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