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An amicus brief – also known as an amicus curiae or “friend of the court brief” – is a brief filed in a court case by a person or group that is not an actual party to the lawsuit. Amicus briefs are intended to bring matters to the court’s attention that the parties involved in the case may not bring. The Goldwater Institute files amicus briefs in a wide range of cases, and many have been cited in the opinions issued by the court – further extending our nationwide impact.

  • U.S. Supreme Court Amicus Brief in Kelo v. City of New London

    Posted on December 03, 2004 | Type: Amicus Brief | Author: Mark Brnovich

    A 2004 Goldwater Institute Study provides compelling evidence that condemning private property for economic development is unnecessary and reasonable alternatives for redevelopment exist.

  • U.S. Supreme Court Amicus Brief in Granholm v. Heald

    Posted on September 23, 2004 | Type: Amicus Brief | Author: Mark Brnovich

    The Goldwater Institute filed an amicus brief in Granholm v. Heald, now before the U.S. Supreme Court, arguing that wine distribution laws in states such as Arizona and Michigan violate the Commerce Clause of the U.S. Constitution.

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