Contributor, The Volokh Conspiracy

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

Debate: Click here to watch Dana Berliner, IJ’s litigation director, spar with the distinguished Elie Mystal over the use and abuse of eminent domain. (Maybe skip to 7:30.)

This month, the Minnesota Supreme Court ruled that city officials need not show individualized suspicion of a housing code violation before obtaining a warrant to enter renters’ homes against their wishes. Says the dissent: “It is difficult to conceive of a more invasive search, and it is a search authorized without the traditional protections afforded by the requirement of probable cause.” The majority did rule, however, that henceforth city officials must first give notice before trying to get a warrant, something plaintiffs did not get (at first) in this case. Read more here.