Property Rights

Knick v. Scott Township, Pennsylvania

Property owners’ rights are a matter of grave concern

A town ordinance permits unrestricted public access to any private property that might contain graves and authorizes town agents to search the property for graves without a warrant or consent. PLF represents Rose Mary Knick, a single woman who lives alone on her property which is alleged to contain some sort of ancient private burial site. On Ms. Knick’s behalf, PLF sued to invalidate the law as an unconstitutional infringement of property owners’ right to exclude members of the public from their land, and a violation of the Fourth Amendment protection against warrantless searches.

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