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Homeowners take eminent domain case to Supreme Court

[JURIST] For the first time since 1954, the US Supreme Court [official website] will consider the issue of eminent domain when a group of New London, CT homeowners argue Tuesday against the city's attempt to take their property for private economic development. New London officials claim the takings would be for a "public purpose" in that the development plans would increase tax revenue and help the local economy, but residents assert that the situation simply constitutes an unconstitutional transfer of private property to another private entity for its own use. CNN has more. The ABA has posted the petitioners' brief [PDF text] in Kelo v. City of New London. Institute for Justice, which represents the homeowners, provides a case resource center, and has also made available more than two dozen amicus briefs filed in support of the homeowners.

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