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SCOTUS Turns Again To Takings And Land Use

U.S. Supreme Court building.

The Supreme Court gets to pick what cases it hears — and land is on the court’s mind lately.

Thousands of requests for cases are received every year by the Supreme Court. Each sitting justice has a crew of law clerks reading each request (called a petition or writ of certiorari) and these clerks compile memos about each case.  The justices read these memos, meet and vote, and if four of the nine agree to hear a case, then it is placed on the docket.   If enough justices don’t feel particularly compelled to hear a case, then the lower court’s judgement stands.

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Koontz: SCOTUS Rules In Favor Of Property Rights

U.S. Supreme Court building.

In a week filled with rulings that received more attention, the Supreme Court also handed down a decision in Koontz vs.St Johns River Water Management District,  a multi-decade legal saga over property rights and construction permitting that has implications for environmentalists and sustainable development programs across the country.

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