In June the Justices agreed to hear Mount Holly, but last week the township voted to settle that case. Township officials aren’t explaining their decision, although Mayor Richard Dow has long wanted to get the case off the docket. But the timing is certainly curious coming so close to oral arguments that were scheduled for December 4.
There’s no evidence that the Obama Administration played a direct role in scuttling the case this time, but its housing allies did. Mount Holly, the Ford Foundation, George Soros’s Open Society Foundations, the National Fair Housing Alliance and Self Help Community Development contributed money to a developer who will build new homes for the plaintiffs and other private buyers. That deal led to the settlement.
H/t Josh Blackman