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Remedies contrived after Kelo blunted impact

Remedies contrived after Kelo blunted impact

It was an extraordinary moment of American democracy: The summer of 2005, and the nation fixated on a seemingly arcane issue of constitutional law: Does government have the right, through eminent domain, to take property that is destined for a private land development? The Supreme Court said, "Yes," in Kelo v. City of New London. The American public — or at least a vocal fraction — responded with a resounding, "No!" Homeowners sent nasty letters by the thousands. TV comedians lampooned the court. And citizens even tried, in revenge, to use eminent domain to take a Supreme Court justice's house. The tea party movement, which has shaped the modern...

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