Opponents square off over Supreme Court property rights decision
The Supreme Court recently upheld a Connecticut city's decision to take private property for use in an economic redevelopment project, with a 5-4 decision that has been hotly debated since it was released last month. Is the ruling an expansion of the government's eminent domain powers? Will the decision lead to more takings in other cities, or are property rights advocates overstating the potential fallout? How are state and federal lawmakers reacting to the decision? Scott Bullock, a senior attorney with the Institute for Justice, who argued the case before the high court, and Paul Farmer, executive director of the American Planning Association, go head to head over Kelo v. the City of New London.