An even-handedly applied, facially neutral law should be subjected to strict scrutiny if: 1.) the law has a disproportionate impact on race, national origin, alienage, gender or illegitimacy; and 2.) a discriminatory purpose motivated officials. Allegedly, when the plaintiffs sought permission from the defendant zoning commission, to develop affordable housing units, residents who lived near the proposed project conspired with the zoning commission and individual defendant and filed a complaint that lacked merit in Connecticut Superior Court.
Hamer v. Darien Planning and Zoning Commission
U.S. District Court
July 1, 2013