The Relevance Of Eminent Domain Today Essay

1276 Words Jun 7th, 2016 6 Pages
“No person …shall be…deprived of life, liberty, or property, without due process of law; nor shall private property be taken for public use, without just compensation” (Williams). Or so that is what the modern people of the U.S thought. Eminent domain was one of the first powers given to the government from the Fifth Amendment. Even though it was one of the first powers that was given to the government, it has become one of the most abused recently in numerous court cases. The vast majority of them end with the government winning with a rebuttal stating that no one can take property without due process of law or just compensation. Even in the past, the U.S government has used eminent domain to acquire property to create roads, accommodate the military, and obtain various goods, sometimes even without giving just compensation to the owner. The relevance of eminent domain today is not applicable because the U.S has abused the power to force people off their private property for uses that they think will benefit the common people for the ‘public good’.
The government has used eminent domain in various court cases in which property rights were ignored, proving that the government has misinterpreted the benefits of eminent domain to a few people. Property rights were first ignored by the government in the case of the Berman V. Parker case in 1954 where it planned to remove blighted homes in the Washington D.C area with the District of Colombia Redevelopment Act of 1945. The…

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