just compensation


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just compensation

A requirement of the United States Constitution that no owner be deprived of private property without payment of a value which is fair to the owner, and fair to the taxpayers who must pay the compensation. This concept forms the basis of eminent domain law and condemnations.

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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.