New London, Connecticut - Amicus Briefs

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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Urban Sociologist Jane Jacobs, Author of Death and Life of Great American Cities

NAACP, AARP, et al.

American Farm Bureau Federation, et al.

National Association of Homebuilders & National Association of Realtors

John Norquist, President, Congress for New Urbanism

Becket Fund for Religious Liberty

13 Noted Property Law Professors

Property Rights Foundation of America

Richard Epstein & the Cato Institute

Better Government Association & Other Community Groups

Claremont Institute

Pacific Legal Foundation & Property Owners Battling Eminent Domain Abuse

Goldwater Institute, et al.

Cascade Policy Institute, et al.

Reason Foundation

New London Landmarks, Inc. & Coalition to Save Fort Trumbull

Develop Don’t Destroy (Brooklyn), Inc., et al.

New Jersey Property Owners Fighting Eminent Domain Abuse

Texas Property Owners Fighting Eminent Domain Abuse

Pennsylvania Property Owners Fighting Eminent Domain Abuse

Mountain States Legal Foundation, et al.

New London R.R. Co., Inc.

Hawaii Property Owners Fighting Eminent Domain Abuse

Tidewater Libertarian Party

Rutherford Institute


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