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Supreme Court Refuses to Curb Government Power to Take Land

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The U.S. Supreme Court in Washington, D.C.

The U.S. Supreme Court in Washington, D.C.

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The U.S. Supreme Court refused to consider putting new limits on the government’s power to use eminent domain to take private property for economic development purposes.

The justices on Friday turned away an appeal by Chicago businessman Fred Eychaner. He had asked the court to cut back or overturn a controversial 2005 ruling that said local governments have broad power to take over private property to make way for new development.