Fifth Amendment - Right to Private Property
"No person shall be held to answer for a capital, or otherwise infamous crime, unless on a presentment or indictment of a grand jury, except in cases arising in the land or naval forces, or in the militia, when in actual service in time of war or public danger; nor shall any person be subject for the same offense to be twice put in jeopardy of life or limb; nor shall be compelled in any criminal case to be a witness against himself, nor be deprived of life, liberty, or property, without due process of law; nor shall private property be taken for public use, without just compensation."
The Following Hopkins Center Cases seek to vindicate Fifth Amendment rights:
Nichols v. Warren
Stephen Hopkins Center Supports Effort to Limit Expansion of Eminent Domain Powers in the East Bay
The Stephen Hopkins Center for Civil Rights has joined in opposing the creation of a new supra-municipal agency - the East Bay Energy Consortium - with the power of eminent domain. Center scholars have testified in opposition to the powers before several town councils and have been supporting the efforts of those local officials who are seeking to reverse resolutions in support of the "concept." Over the next few days we will post copies of our testimony and other resources for those seeking information about the consortium and its proposed powers. In the mean time, we have provided links to various other local coverage of the proposal.
Read the Bill H7592
Articles and opinion pieces about H7592
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