October 24, 2011

Senator Mike Crapo of Idaho gives Sacketts a hearing

By Senator Mike Crapo of Idaho gives Sacketts a hearing

Author:  Anne Hayes

At the roundtable hosted by Senator Rand Paul a few weeks ago, Senator Mike Crapo of Idaho had a chance to meet Mike and Chantell Sackett and to talk to them about their case.  Here is a video of Senator Crapo's short introductory statement, followed by the Sackett's giving testimony.  Thank you to Senator Crapo for posting this on his senate website, where you can read his comments, as well.


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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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