Case Brief/Kelo V. City of New London

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Kelo v. City of New London,
125 S. Ct. 2655 (2005).


The city of New London, CT hired an independent agency to revitalized one of its waterfront properties. This revitalization was intended to create jobs and generate tax revenue for the city. To accomplish this, the independent agency was given authority to acquire the properties by buying them or eminent domain. The independent agency acquired majority of the properties, but some property owners refused to sell. The lower court affirmed both sides, but the Connecticut Supreme Court sided with the city of New London, CT; claiming that it was in line with the Fifth Amendment. The US Supreme Court upheld the ruling of the Connecticut Supreme Court stating that the city’s actions were justified and there is no way to undermine their decision on what was considered “public use.”

Legal Issue:

Whether the city of New London, CT has the right to consider private property that is not blighted for economical purposes under “public use?”

Legal Holding:

In a five to four decision, the US Supreme Court declared that economical benefits resulting from redevelopment is considered as “public use” under the Fifth Amendment.


Majority Judges “Opinion of the Court” Stevens, Author of Opinion The city of New London, CT revitalization plan met the requirements as “public use” under the Fifth Amendment.

“Concurring” Kennedy, Souter, Ginsburg, and Breyer, Kennedy, Author of Opinion The court must decide that the government’s action are just and their intentions are to have a public purpose. Total of Number of Majority Judges (five)

Dissenting Judges…...

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