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Critics Ask Supreme Court to Reverse Ruling on Nets' Arena

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Critics of Bruce Ratner's plan for a new Nets' arena have taken their case to the US Supreme Court. The critics filed their appeal Tuesday, claiming that lower courts erred when they ruled unanimously in Ratner's favor. The critics contend that using eminent domain to condemn property for the arena is unconstitutional because it uses the "pretext of public purpose to confer a private benefit" on Ratner and the Nets. The court is expected to decide by June whether to take the case.