Professor Cooper and Project 21 Black Leadership on Eminent Domain Reform in Virginia
A U.S. Newswire article quoted Professor Horace Cooper and other Virginia residents affiliated with the Project 21 black leadership network in urging the commonwealth to act to limit abuse of eminent domain powers in the wake of last year's Supreme Court ruling in Kelo v. New London, which broadened the definition of "public use" to include the seizure of private property for private development.
Black Activists in Virginia Call for Eminent Domain Reform, U.S. Newswire, February 1, 2006.
"'A man's home is his castle. Taking it from him in order to give it to the politically powerful is wrong and unfair,' said Project 21 member Horace Cooper, a professor at the George Mason University School of Law in Arlington, Virginia. 'It's imperative that Virginia, the home of Thomas Jefferson and George Mason, secure the rights of all property owners.'"