Constitution Day and Eminent Domain Lessons
Today, colleges around the country are hosting speakers and events to celebrate Constitution Day. Yesterday, the Show-Me Institute hosted Jeff Benedict to talk about an abuse of constitutional rights and eminent domain in the Kelo v. New London Supreme Court case.
While Susette Kelo’s case is well-known nationally, a new Show-Me Institute policy study also brings to light eminent domain abuses in Missouri. “Gradual and Silent Encroachments: How the Missouri Supreme Court Expanded the Power of Eminent Domain,” by Timothy Sandefur, a senior staff attorney at the Pacific Legal Foundation, tackles recent cases that have set back the constitutional rights of Missourians. Though this state once had one of the strongest constitutional provisions to protect home and business owners against eminent domain, new precedents by the Supreme Court have eroded that protection.
Constitution Day serves as a great reminder that some of the founding ideals of the country, like the respect of one’s own private property, still need to be protected.