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Kelo eminent domain plaintiffs reach deal with New London

[JURIST] Governor M. Jodi Rell [official profile] of Connecticut said Friday that a tentative agreement has been made between the city of New London and two homeowners who refused to leave their homes for a private development on their land and ultimately took their case all the way to the US Supreme Court. Susette Kelo and Pasquale Cristofaro risked forced eviction under eminent domain [JURIST news archive] doctrine if they did not reach an agreement with the city. Rell indicated in a statement [text] that the deal should be complete by the end of June.

The Supreme Court [official website] ruled in Kelo v. New London [text] last June held that the city could expropriate private property for private redevelopment [JURIST report] when the taking would economically benefit the community. AP has more.

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