Breaking Legal News - POSTED: 2009/09/25 11:51
The plot of prized waterfront Connecticut land that was the crown jewel in the nation's famed Supreme Court fight over eminent domain sits largely undeveloped today, littered with weeds, glass and bricks.
Property rights advocates who fought to keep the city of New London from taking homes by eminent domain say the city's failure to develop the land is poetic justice. But city officials say the land's fate was victim of the bad economy.
Susette Kelo and six other homeowners fought for years to keep New London from taking their homes. The city won the right to buy the land in a 5-4 Supreme Court decision in 2005.
Officials hoped for more than 3,000 new jobs in the development. But today, there's only a state park and a handful of new jobs.