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Duarte Nursery final pre-trial hearing statement

By Kevin Desormeaux Digital Content Manager

PLF Senior Attorney Tony Francois and client John Duarte provide commentary and thoughts before the final pre-trial hearing on Friday, June 16, in the controversial federal prosecution of a California farmer because he plowed his own property, to grow wheat, without asking permission from wetlands regulators.

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Duarte Nursery v. U.S. Army Corps of Engineers

John Duarte and Duarte Nursery, in rural Tehama County, California, received a cease and desist order from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers for engaging in normal farming activities (i.e., plowing) that purportedly affected wetlands. Duarte was not permitted any type of hearing to defend himself.

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