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(Here is the latest edition of the Institute for Justice’s weekly Short Circuit newsletter, written by John Ross.)

Is judicial engagement little more than a camouflaged appeal for more libertarian judicial outcomes? Not a bit of it, argues Evan Bernick of the Center for Judicial Engagement, responding to a critique of his lead essay over at Cato Unbound. Click here to read more.

This week on the podcast: One of IJ’s newest litigators, Josh House, talks bogus arson charges and illegal marijuana prosecutions.

West Haven, Conn. officials want to seize retiree Bob McGinnity’s childhood home and give it to a private developer to build a shopping mall. City officials believe the Supreme Court’s widely reviled Kelo v. City of New London decision gives them carte blanche to do whatever they want — even if they’re just doing the bidding of a Texas developer instead of following their own city plans. IJ disagrees — and thinks the Connecticut Supreme Court (and possibly the U.S. Supreme Court) will disagree as well. This week, Bob teamed up with IJ to file a suit to put a stop to this abuse of eminent domain once and for all. Read more here.