October 12, 2011

Sacketts to appear on Lou Dobbs again, along with Senator Rand Paul

By Sacketts to appear on Lou Dobbs again, along with Senator Rand Paul

Author:  Anne Hayes

As we have mentioned previously in this blog, Lou Dobbs has been bringing a lot of attention to our Sackett v. EPA case on his show, Fox Business Network's Lou Dobbs Tonight.  This afternoon, Senator Rand Paul will be holding an informal hearing on government agency abuses of power, and invited the Sacketts to attend.  This evening, after the hearing, Lou Dobbs will again interview the Sacketts, as well as PLF attorney Damien Schiff and Senator Rand Paul–this time, from the Capitol Rotunda in Washington DC.  Make sure you tune in, 7:00 p.m. Eastern!

 

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Sackett v. Environmental Protection Agency

Chantell and Michael Sackett received a local permit to build a modest three-bedroom home on a half-acre lot in an existing, partially built-out residential subdivision in Priest Lake, Idaho. The home poses no threat to water quality but federal EPA regulators nonetheless declared their property to contain a wetland and demanded they stop all work and restore the lot to its natural condition or pay fines of up to $75,000 per day. When they sued to challenge this order, EPA asserted they had no right to judicial review. The district court and Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals agreed, and tossed their lawsuit out of court. The United States Supreme Court unanimously reversed, ruling that failure to allow the lawsuit violated the Sacketts’ constitutional due process rights. They are now litigating their claims in federal district court in Idaho.

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