New London, Connecticut - Amicus Briefs
More than two dozen individuals and organizations filed briefs with the U.S. Supreme Court in support of the New London, Conn., homeowners in Kelo v. City of New London. These include world-renowned urban policy scholar Jane Jacobs, civil rights groups including the NAACP and the Southern Christian Leadership Conference, AARP, noted legal scholar Richard Epstein and the Farm Bureau. Each of these urged the justices to use the case of Kelo v. City of New London to end eminent domain abuse—where governments across the nation take one person’s private home only to hand that land over to another private party for their use. This landmark constitutional case, filed by the Institute for Justice, will decide whether the “public use” requirement of the U.S. Constitution allows the government to use eminent domain to take one person’s non-blighted home or small business so a larger business can make more money off that land and pay more taxes as a result.
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