Thursday, June 23, 2005

KELO v. CITY OF NEW LONDON [Property Rights Opinions]

KELO V. CITY OF NEW LONDON
June 23, 2005

The U.S. Supreme Court, in a 5-4 vote, rules that the "Takings Clause" in the U.S. Constitutiona permits local governments can seize residential and commerical property for private development. In a strongly worded dissent, Justice O'Connor rebukes the majority's conclusion, asserting that "the beneficiaries are likely to be those citizens with disproportionate influence and power in the political process," giving government a "license to transfer property from those with fewer resources to those with more."

Majority Opinion
http://laws.findlaw.com/us/000/04-108.html

Justice O'Connor's Dissent
http://rd.findlaw.com/scripts/nl.pl?url=11195100001_nl

Case Docket
http://rd.findlaw.com/scripts/nl.pl?url=11195100000_nl