Eminent Domain Explained

Mar 21, 2012

It’s long been a controversial government power: The ability to take private property if it’s deemed for the “greater public good”.  But often, even the mere suggestion of its use provokes public outcry.  We’ll  look at this idea of eminent domain,  how it’s been applied by all levels of government, and how it’s come up recently here in New Hampshire.


  • Grant Bosse - Lead Investigator for the Josiah Bartlett Center for Public Policy and Editor of  it's investigative journalism project,  New Hampshire Watchdog.
  • Mark Hodgdon - An attorney and former New Hampshire  Senior Assistant Attorney General. He has practiced eminent domain law in the state for more than two decades.
  • Marcus Hurn - Professor of Law at the University of New Hampshire School of Law.