Thursday, April 8, 2010
George Lefcoe (Southern California) has published Jeff Benedict's Little Pink House: The Back Story of the Kelo Case, reviewing Benedict's book on the Kelo saga. The abstract:
Little Pink House is a fast paced account by Jeff Benedict of the events surrounding the 2005 U.S. Supreme Court decision in Kelo v. City of New London. Along with tracking Benedict’s story line, this review also highlights some of the core legal and policy issues that are an important part of the story for law-trained readers. At the core of the tale is how Kelo and a handful of her neighbors challenged the New London Development Corporation’s (NLDC) use of eminent domain for the economic redevelopment of the Fort Trumbull neighborhood. A libertarian-inspired public interest law firm named the Institute for Justice (IJ) agreed to represent the beleaguered property owners.
The paper copy of the review also includes some great aerial photos of the land at issue. From the conclusion:
Who would have imagined that a book about an eminent domain case could be an irresistible read? Benedict is a great storyteller who takes us behind the scenes in a series of pitched legal battles. He does not allow his IJ-tilted spin to spoil the fun. Little Pink House is chock full of delicious anecdotes, heated encounters, even a touching love story.
Sounds like a good summer read!