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Somin Addresses DC Court of Appeals on Kelo

On January 11 Professor Ilya Somin addressed the assembled judges of the District of Columbia Court of Appeals on "Kelo and its Aftermath," discussing the Supreme Court's property rights decision in Kelo v. City of New London and the massive political backlash and judicial reaction it generated.

In his visit to the Court, Somin criticized the federal Supreme Court's decision in Kelo, which ruled that the Constitution allows government to take private property and give it to another private owner to promote "economic development."

Somin cited the massive political backlash to Kelo that has led a record 44 states to pass eminent domain reform laws, a bigger legislative reaction than that generated by any other U.S. Supreme Court opinion.

In conclusion, Somin discussed the treatment of Kelo's approach to "pretextual" takings in both state and federal courts since 2005.