“Raisins are private property, the fruit of the growers’ labor, not public things subject to the absolute control of the state,” Chief Justice John Roberts, Jr. wrote. “Any physical taking of them for public use must be accompanied by just compensation.”We pause for effect.
The case decided Monday calls into question the future contours of the decades-old raisin program, as well as other farm programs that control market supplies. It is also part of a long-running, multi-front war challenging federal regulation of various agricultural markets.[our bold above]
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One of Horne’s attorneys, Clovis, Calif.-based Brian Leighton, has launched many related farm fights against marketing orders and research and promotion programs. The attorney who successfully argued Horne’s case at the Supreme Court, Stanford Law School Professor Michael McConnell, is a former federal appellate judge.