SCOTUS, The Supreme Court of the United States of America has just taken a big cut at property rights in America. It was a 5-3 decision, with new Justice Neil Gorsuch not voting, as he did not hear the case. This is a case in Wisconsin in which the government will not let the owners sell off a portion of their land, but decided to regulate it as a one piece property. The “taking” clause of the Constitution has clearly been violated, by Justice Kennedy writes a confusing finding to support the government’s argument. It is amazing what these liberal minds can concoct in order to support their agenda. Once more, the government exerts more control over the citizens.
As Written By Kevin Daley for the Daily Caller:
The Supreme Court constrained the rights of property owners Friday, establishing a test that favors government officials in assessing the loss of property value caused by government regulations.
Writing for a 5-3 court, Justice Anthony Kennedy explained that state and local officials can combine separate parcels of land in assessing whether local government has effectively seized private property through regulation, requiring compensation. Kennedy’s opinion was joined by Justices Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Stephen Breyer, Sonia Sotomayor, and Elena Kagan. Chief Justice John Roberts filed a fiery dissent, joined by Justices Clarence Thomas and Samuel Alito.
The case concerned a Wisconsin family called the Murrs, who argued that the government has unconstitutionally taken their land by refusing to allow them to sell it.
“This is an unfortunate decision for the Murrs, and all property owners,” said John Groen, general counsel and vice president of the Pacific Legal Foundation, a public interest group that represented the family. “We are disappointed that the Court did not recognize the fundamental unfairness to the Murrs of having their separate properties combined, simply to avoid the protection of the takings clause……..
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