I Oi Carlol
Eric Di Carlo
A big controversy in America today is the power of the government to use eminent
domain to take away private property for public use. Under the power of the constitution it is
legal for the government to take property away from the people as long as they compensate you
with a fair price and use it for public use which will benefit the community. However, the
controversy of eminent domain lies within the definition of public use which is most notable in
the case of Kelo vs. City of New London. In this case, the government wanted two buildings
which included a hotel, shops, new houses, and a museum. The government believed by building
these buildings they would modernize and help the city of New London become a business
district. The only problem is that people were living there, and the government would have to
buyout 115 people's homes. However, 15 houses including Kelo's refused to sell out to the
government complaining that they were not creating buildings that would help with public use.
The main argument for the case was if the government was really using the land for public use or
misusing their power of eminent domain. The case was so highly debated that it went up all the
way to the Supreme Court of the United States.
In 2005, five years since the government began using their power of eminent domain, the
Supreme finally made their landmark decision by agreeing with the city of New London. Before
the case went to the Supreme Court, it was first held at the Connecticut Supreme Court. At the
Connecticut Supreme Court, the states voted 4-3 in favor of the city of New...