Wednesday, June 29, 2011

Supremes Will Consider Idaho Case

Posted By on Wed, Jun 29, 2011 at 10:55 AM

An Idaho couple, who claim that construction on some of their property led to a federal land grab, will have their day in court. In fact, it will be the Supreme Court.

The high court has agreed to hear the case of Mike and Chantell Sackett vs. the Environmental Protection Agency when the new court session begins this October. The couple arged that the EPA seized their land after ordering them to stop building a house on a half-acre lot near Priest Lake in Idaho's panhandle. The EPA said the area was a federally designated wetland. The Sacketts were accused of violating the Clean Water Act, and ordered to return the property to its original condition or face steep fines. The Sacketts wanted an immediate appeal before a federal judge, but the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals said the Sacketts already had a sufficient avenue of appeal.

The Sacketts appealed and have now secured the opportunity to argue their case before the highest court in the land.

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