Hudson, Wisconsin, June 3, 2016:  As they do every year, the children of the late William and Dorothy Murr gathered last weekend at the cabin on the St. Croix River that their parents gave them, to celebrate the Memorial Day holiday, and commemorate their late father’s birthday.

But this year’s get-together had added significance.  The siblings are looking forward to their date with the U.S. Supreme Court in Murr v. State of Wisconsin and St. Croix County.  In this potentially precedent-setting property rights case, the Murrs are defending their rights in a legacy from their parents — the vacant riverfront parcel next to their cabin parcel.  They have been denied the right to sell or make productive use of the vacant parcel.  To avoid liability for an unconstitutional taking, officials are arbitrarily treating both lots as a single unified parcel, even though they were bought by the Murrs’ parents at different times and are legally distinct.

The Murrs are represented free of charge by Pacific Legal Foundation (PLF), a national watchdog organization for limited government and property rights.  Joined by John Groen, PLF’s Interim President and General Counsel, the family invited local media to their cabin on the Friday before Memorial Day to tell their story.

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