Little Pink House: A True Story of Defiance and Courage

By Jeff Benedict

Suzette Kelo was once simply attempting to rebuild her existence whilst she bought a falling down Victorian residence perched at the waterfront in New London, CT. the home wasn't quite fancy, yet with plenty of labor Suzette used to be capable of flip it right into a domestic that used to be very important to her, a house that represented her new stumbled on independence.

Little did she understand that the town of recent London, wanting to revive its flailing economic climate, desired to raze her condo and the others love it that sat alongside the waterfront that allows you to win a profitable Pfizer pharmaceutical agreement that may deliver new company into town. Kelo and fourteen buddies flat out refused to promote, so town determined to workout its energy of eminent area to sentence their houses, launching some of the most striking criminal instances of our time, a case that finally reached the us best court docket.

In Little red House, award-winning investigative journalist Jeff Benedict takes us backstage of this situation -- certainly, Suzette Kelo speaks for the 1st time approximately the entire info of this inspirational actual tale as one girl led the cost to tackle company the USA to avoid wasting her domestic.

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Among November 2005 and March 2008, I performed with reference to 300 on-the-record interviews. I additionally obtained through e mail good over 100 written responses to real queries I posed to members. each one of these queries concerned targeted follow-up inquiries to past interviews. I additionally had entry to deposition transcripts, video and audio recordings of conferences and occasions, and lots of files (internal company correspondence, inner govt memos, and attorneys’ inner most notes), in addition to inner most papers and correspondence, similar to journals, diaries, and e-mails. In all, I received sufficient documents—including voluminous files acquired lower than the freedom-of-information legislation, court docket papers, press studies, and images and maps—to fill greater than a dozen huge, plastic garage boxes. My fundamental target during this is to inform a compelling tale that's actual to the characters who formed this old case. i'm deeply thankful to participants on both sides who afforded me their time and helped me comprehend this advanced tale approximately humans whose fight finally shifted probably the most enduring rules of our democracy. might be no author had extra impression on English universal legislations and American jurisprudence than seventeenth-century English jurist Sir Edward Coke. He penned the most recognized traces of all time: “A man’s home is his castle—et domus sua cuique est tutissimum refugium. ” The Latin component to the sentence is much less popular. The free translation is: “and the place shall a guy be secure if it's now not in his personal residence? ” Amazingly, after Kelo v. urban of recent London, Coke’s remark can be extra correct now than whilst the yankee colonists rebelled opposed to the king. Jeff Benedict April eight, 2008 Buena Vista, Virginia forged OF CHARACTERS THE PRINCIPALS John G. Rowland, governor of Connecticut Peter N. Ellef, leader of employees to Governor Rowland Jay B. Levin, lobbyist and lawyer George Milne Jr. , president of Pfizer, Inc. Dr. Claire Gaudiani, president of recent London improvement company and Connecticut university Susette Kelo, lead plaintiff Billy Von Winkle, plaintiff Matt Dery, plaintiff wealthy Beyer, plaintiff Byron Athenian, plaintiff Michael Cristofaro, plaintiff INSTITUTE FOR JUSTICE Chip Mellor, president Scott Bullock, legal professional Dana Berliner, lawyer John Kramer, communications director urban of recent LONDON Lloyd Beachy, mayor Tom Londregan, lawyer Tony Basilica, Democratic celebration chairman NEW LONDON improvement company (NLDC) David Goebel, leader working officer Stephen Percy, member of the board of administrators Mathew Greene, leader information Edward O’Connell, open air information COALITION to save lots of fortress TRUMBULL Kathleen Mitchell, speech author and organizer for Susette Kelo John and Sarah Steffian, financiers in the back of the litigation attempt Professor Fred Paxton, co-chairman of the coalition Steve and Amy Hallquist, grassroots competition leaders lawyer Scott Sawyer, criminal strategist for the neighborhood competition different KEY gamers Reid MacCluggage, writer of the Day newspaper The Honorable Thomas J.

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