Eminent Domain: The Sad Conclusion of the Kelo Case

Let’s say you return home one day and find a letter from the county government informing you that your land is being taken over to make room for construction of a new public high school. Well, there’s not much you can do about it except negotiate the best possible price for your property. Among other things the Fifth Amendment says “nor shall private property be taken for public use, without just compensation.” This phrase enabled what has become known as “eminent domain” or the right of the state to take private property for public use. But what if the letter you received came from a private entity rather than a government entity, and what if your property was being seized not to build a “public → Read More