In 1999, the city of New London, Connecticut started developing plans for its run-down Fort Trumbull neighborhood adjacent to its glistening new Pfizer research facility. While many were excited by the plans for a mixed-use development that would hopefully resurrect this economically disadvantaged city, others were upset by the plans which called for forcibly removing those residents who lived there. One home owner in particular -- Susette Kelo -- refused to move and led the fight to save her neighborhood. Her struggles eventually led to the Supreme Court. The resulting decision in her case is perhaps the most controversial decision in the last few years and has resulted in a wave of state legislation to limit its result. A panel of experts analyze the decision and its significance.
Recorded on February 26, 2007.
Appearing: Panelists include Duke Law Professors Christopher Schroeder and Jonathan Wiener, as well as adjunct Professor John Hart ; introduction by Tom Metzloff.