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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.

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