Did the town of Branford legitimately seize the Tabor land tract because it feared land contamination, illnesses and subsequent lawsuits? Or did it act dishonestly, fraudulently and in bad faith in order to exempt itself from affordable housing laws it did not like?

That long-simmering question made its way before the Connecticut Supreme Court Tuesday as the justices heard three hours of arguments in an effort to finally resolve a complicated eminent domain case that has caused deep division in the town.

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