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How a swanky private golf club fell into the crosshairs of eminent domain. (Hint: It wasn't to build a bridge.)

12:00 AM, Sep 7, 2006 • By DUNCAN CURRIE
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Among high-profile eminent domain cases, the Deepdale row stands out for its perversity--and for the stunning riches of those involved. While club members were able to wage a victorious counteroffensive, most eminent domain victims do not enjoy their resources or political influence. John Wilson, for one, has a newfound empathy for such victims. "It really gave me a better idea of what these people are going through," he says. "It was surreal."

Duncan Currie is a reporter at The Weekly Standard.