Private Use of Eminent Domain


  • Eric Kemper


An analysis of eminent domain law in the U. S., as well as the landmark Supreme Court case Kelo v. New London, requires us to question whether property rights as described in the Constitution are still protected today. The main issue resulting from the Kelo v. City of New London case is whether government seizing of land for private uses enters a grey constitutional area. These takings often leave land owners in the dust. If more courses of actions are made available to land owners can we return to following the constitution?