Kelo v. New London

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lidronouou Kelo v. New London was a landmark case on the law of eminent domain, which was decided by the Supreme Court of the United States on June 23, 2005. In its majority opinion, the court held that "The governmental taking of property from one private owner to give to another in furtherance of economic development constitutes a permissible 'public use' under the Fifth Amendment." Fascinatingly, the majority consisted of the moderate justices, while dissent came from more conservative viewpoints.

Sandra Day O'Connor wrote the principal dissent, saying - "Any property may now be taken for the benefit of another private party, but the fallout from this decision will not be random. The beneficiaries are likely to be those citizens with disproportionate influence and power in the political process, including large corporations and development firms."

She also argued that the decision eliminates "any distinction between private and public use of property — and thereby effectively [deletes] the words 'for public use' from the Takings Clause of the Fifth Amendment".

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