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CARLA T. MAIN is a practicing attorney who has litigated a wide variety of commercial cases involving real-estate-related disputes, the First Amendment, fraud, art law, and civil rights. Until 2005 Ms. Main was an Associate Editor of The National Law Journal, where she wrote a column on law and society. She writes frequently for National Review, Policy Review, The American Lawyer, and the New York Post, among many other publications. Ms. Main resides in New Jersey.
No domestic policy issue more angers or galvanizes the public than the controversy over eminent domain-the taking of private property for public use. The stakes in this always controversial procedure have been dramatically raised in recent years as eminent domain has been used to fund private development.