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Wednesday, August 03, 2005

Kelo backlash at hand?

Thank you WC Varones for bringing this to my attention!

Looks like the Lost Liberty Hotel and the recent petition for a constitutional amendment overturning the Kelo V. New London decision were but the tip of the eminent domain backlash iceberg.

The Wall Street Journal is reporting that the uproar is getting louder.

In the six weeks since the 's ruling in the case, bills have been introduced in Congress and in more than half of the state legislatures that would restrict, to varying degrees, the use of eminent domain for private development. has gone the furthest, passing a law restricting the use of eminent domain. In , legislation curbing eminent domain for economic purposes has passed both houses and awaits the governor's signature.

Leading the charge against is the Institute for Justice, the nonprofit law firm based in Washington that argued and lost the case in the Supreme Court but has scored big in the court of public opinion.

"It's finally dawning on homeowners and small businesses that this could happen to me," says Dana Berliner, a lawyer at the Institute for Justice.

"Why should they lose a business just so people can shop at ?"

Read the full story here.

Visit the Institute for Justice.

And don't forget to make the statement!


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