Eminent domain

Eminent domain

1. Watch the following clip about eminent domain.  https://www.c-span.org/classroom/document/?955 (If you are asked to enter a username and password, it is:

username: students


2. Read the case brief on Kelo v. City of New London (2005) at: http://www.oyez.org/cases/2000-2009/2004/2004_04_108 or see the attached pdf.

After viewing the clip and reading the case brief, answer the following questions in 1-2 double-spaced pages.  What does the 5th Amendment say about eminent domain? Why was it included in the Constitution?      

  • Describe the three methods of “public use” for which the U.S. Government could take private property prior to the Kelo Supreme Court Decision.      Explain how the Kelo Supreme Court decision altered the use of eminent domain by the U.S. government.      Do you think it’s fair for the U.S. Government to have this power? Explain your position.

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