Eminent Domain Victims Testify

Susette Kelo, lead plaintiff in the now-infamous U.S. Supreme Court decision Kelo v. City of New London and icon for private property rights everywhere, and Pastor Fred Jenkins of St. Luke's Pentecostal Church in New York, testified before the U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee on September 20, 2005. They told their personal stories of heartache and pain, all caused by the government's abuse of eminent domain to fatten their tax coffers and line the pockets of well-connected developers. Institute for Justice Senior Attorney Dana Berliner also submitted testimony for the record. Read more about what they told the Committee here:

Testimony of Susette Kelo

Testimony of Pastor Fred Jenkins

Testimony of Dana Berliner

Watch the Hearing (Requires Real Media Player)
Courtesy of C-SPAN

Michael Cristofaro, a neighbor of Susette Kelo who is also fighting to keep his home, testified before the House Agriculture Committee on September 22, 2005, telling his family's personal experience with the heavy-handed use of eminent domain.

Tesimony of Michael Cristofaro (forthcoming)

These hearings are just two examples of the debate about eminent domain abuse going on around around the country and is an important part of the Castle Coalition's Hands Off My Home campaign to effect real eminent domain reform across the nation.