The 2005 Index of Economic Freedom, co-published by The Heritage Foundation and The Wall Street Journal, noted with concern that the Kelo v. City of New London decision posed a serious threat to private property rights. On June 23rd of that year, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that the City of New London, Connecticut, could take the home of Susette Kelo (and others) and turn it over to a private party for economic development purposes. This decision seriously undermined the U.S. Constitution’s Fifth Amendment, which states that private property may only be taken for public use, and it opened the door to future abuse of eminent domain laws.
This year marks the 10th anniversary of the Kelo decision, and since then many states have responded, with varying levels of success, to expanded takings powers. Congress though has failed to take action to provide federal protection from this gutting of the Fifth Amendment. This 10th anniversary should provide the impetus for federal reform to protect private property owners from Kelo-type takings.
Join us for an analysis of the Kelo decision, its effect, and concrete suggestions for remedial action at the federal level.
More About the Speakers
A Special Short Film Interview with Susette Kelo
Field of Demolished Dreams
Produced by Melissa Quinn and Alex Anderson, The Daily Signal
Followed by a Discussion with
Paul J. Larkin, Jr.
Senior Legal Research Fellow,
Edwin Meese III Center for Legal and Judicial Studies, The Heritage Foundation
Research Fellow in Agricultural Policy,
Institute for Economic Freedom and Opportunity, The Heritage Foundation
Litigation Director, Institute for Justice