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Eminent Domain
Where We Live - with John Dankosky
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A look at eminent domain at the three year anniversary of the Kelo v. New London Case


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Jeremy Paul, Dean of University of Connecticut Law School: Photo by Danielle TumminioJeremy Paul, Dean of University of Connecticut Law School: Photo by Danielle TumminioThree years ago today, the Supreme Court ruled in the case Kelo versus New London, changing the landscape of eminent domain law.

The court ruled 5 to 4 that local governments could seize homes and businesses for private economic development as a way to boost civic revenues. Some municipal leaders say this is a must to turn around financially troubled cities and reverse blight. Homeowner advocates reject the idea that their neighborhoods are blighted or that they should lose their home for someone else's economic benefit.

The ruling prompted a series of threats by state and federal lawmakers to reform eminent domain, but that movement has slowed.

Today, where we live, we'll talk about what has changed in the last three years, how eminent domain law is being applied in cases around the country. We'll talk to the plaintiff who's name is on the case and whose landmark home has recently been moved and rebuilt.

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