The First Freedoms
The Privacy Amendments
The 5th Amendment
The 6th Amendment
Civil Trials
The Interpretive Rules

Takings Clause

…nor shall private property be taken for public use, without just compensation.

Much less famous than the Due Process Clause is the Takings Clause of the 5th Amendment—at least until 2005, when the notorious Kelo decision was handed down. Kelo reminded us of the difficult issues hidden in that innocuous-sounding clause: Just what does it mean to take someone’s property for “public use”? And just how much compensation is “just”? And can Donald Trump really take my house and build condos in my front yard?