Can Eminent Domain Benefit Private Developers?
"At issue in Kelo v. City of New London, Connecticut, No. 04-108, is whether governments, under their eminent domain power, may condemn property for the benefit of private developers rather than for such traditional public uses as roads or parks... the city's brief tells the Court that New London had suffered economic reversals and was 'desperate' for economic redevelopment. 'Seen in the light of these dire circumstances, the rejuvenation of New London's dying economy clearly is a public use,' wrote Wesley Horton of Horton, Shields & Knox in Hartford, who represents the city."
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