Tuesday, October 17, 2006

Eminent Domain as Motive For Murder

My student David Warner sent me the TV Guide description of last night's CSI episode "Death Eminent":

A city councilman, the swing vote in an important development plan, is stabbed to death in an empty waterfront house. The investigation reveals the homeowners in the neighborhood where the victim was found are being forced to sell their properties so a wealthy land developer can build a hotel on the site. During the probe, another body turns up and Horatio attempts to link it to an old rival. Also, Nick harasses Natalia at the crime scene.

Probably no surprise, but David thought that the show misrepresented how eminent domain actually works.  But hey, cop shows don't let criminal law and procedure get in the way of a good story, so why be accurate about eminent domain.
Ben Barros
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