Bench Memos

Horne v. Department of Agriculture: Victory for Property Rights

The Supreme Court just released its decision reversing the Ninth Circuit in Horne v. Department of Agriculture, a case about whether the USDA’s confiscation of raisins counts as a “taking” under the Constitution’s Takings Clause.  The Court’s decision, written by Chief Justice Roberts, is apparently 5-4 in some parts, and concludes that the government must compensate farmers for confiscated grapes.  We’ll have analysis right here as soon as we’re able to read the opinion. Here’s some background on the case.

Carrie Severino — Carrie Severino is chief counsel and policy director to the Judicial Crisis Network.

Most Popular

U.S.

Regular Order

Jussie Smollett’s story has always sounded a little . . . extraordinary. Smollett, who appears on the television series Empire, says he was attacked on the streets of Chicago at 2 a.m. by two men who shouted racial and homophobic abuses at him, beat him, doused him with bleach, and fastened a noose around ... Read More
Politics & Policy

Let’s Chill about Hate Crimes

‘Jussie Smollett, one of the stars of the television show ‘Empire,’ was attacked in Chicago by 2 assailants who yelled racial and homophobic slurs,” tweeted the New York Times on January 29. Mark the tone of absolute certainty about an unconfirmed claim. Many other news outlets took the same tack. ... Read More