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"Why should people get to see plans? This isn't a public project."
Bruce Ratner in Crain's Nov. 8, 2009

Local Coverage of SCOTUS Atlantic Yards Eminent Domain Petition

More press coverage of the petition to the US Supreme Court by homeowners, businessowners and renters under threat of eminent domain seizure of their property to enrich Bruce Ratner. You'll notice something interesting below: every New York daily paper covered the petition filing, except for the eminent domain abusing New York Times (not even a Metro brief establshing in the paper of record the filing occurred.

To the coverage:

Atlantic Yards heads to Supreme Court
Eleven property owners and tenants filed a petition this week asking the U.S. Supreme Court to hear their eminent domain appeal.
Crain's New York Business. Kira Bindrim
Atlantic Yards May Prompt Supreme Court To Revisit Eminent Domain
NY Sun. Joseph Goldstein.

The proposed Atlantic Yards development near downtown Brooklyn could prompt the U.S. Supreme Court to reconsider when government may use eminent domain to seize private property.

About a dozen holdout residents within the project's planned boundaries are petitioning the high court to forbid their eviction. If the residents win, the development, which entails 16 towers of residential and office space and a basketball arena, would be halted.

If four justices agree to hear the appeal, it would be the court's first to test the power of government to seize property through eminent domain since a landmark decision in 2005 in the case of Kelo v. the City of New London. In that decision, which produced a groundswell of public opposition across the country, the court ruled 5-4 that the government can seize property and transfer it to a private developer to foster economic development.

[Lead Attorney} Mr. Brin[c]kerhoff's petition to the Supreme Court focuses on a more modest aim than convincing the court to scrap its opinion in Kelo just three years after issuing it. The residents are asking the court to give them a chance to prove their allegation that the primary motivation behind the Atlantic Yards project isn't a desire to benefit the public. Instead, the plaintiffs claim the project is mainly a conspiracy to benefit the interests of the project's developer, Bruce Ratner, and his company, Forest City Ratner.

That argument could find a receptive audience in Justice Kennedy, whose concurring opinion permitting the seizure of property in the Kelo case explicitly said that courts must not let eminent domain be used “"to favor a particular private party, with only incidental or pretextual public benefits."

The message of Justice Kennedy's concurrence, in the words of one lawyer on the losing side of the Kelo case, Dana Berliner, is: “"I'm ruling against you this time--maybe next time I won't."

In the petition, the Brooklyn plaintiffs try to convince Justice Kennedy that the Atlantic Yards project is exactly the sort of eminent domain he warned against in that concurring opinion. The plaintiffs focus on the fact that the proposal for the Atlantic Yards project was initiated by Mr. Ratner and that the sale of public land for the project circumvented the usual bidding process...

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Group wants Supreme Court to hear Atlantic Yards case

AP (Newsday) (AM NY)

NY Post. Rich Calder

Brooklyn Residents Bring Atlantic Yards Suit To Supreme Court
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This article from the Daily News, Residents being displaced by Atlantic Yards ask Supreme Court to hear case, misses the overarching argument in the petition: that the the purported "public benefit" of Atlantic Yards is a pretext for a private benefit to enrich developer Bruce Ratner, which violates the Constitution.

Posted: 4.02.08
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