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April 04, 2012

20 years of Pacific Northwest victories: the garden wall that sparked an "international" incident

It probably goes on record as one of the most bizarre phone calls the Northwest Center has ever received.  A few years ago, border-town retirees Herbert and Shirley Leu dialed our number to ask us what they should do about threats they were receiving from a little-known “international” agency that accused them of having violated ...

August 25, 2010

Update: Ninth Circuit denies rehearing in Leu v. IBC

Author: Daniel Himebaugh The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit will not rehear the appeal in Leu v. International Boundary Commission. You may recall that this is the case in which former International Boundary Commissioner Dennis Schornack claimed that President Bush lacked the power to terminate his appointment as a commissioner.  ...

June 29, 2010

The Leus' garden blooms despite legal battle

Author: Brian T. Hodges Shirley and Herbert Leus' garden seems to have been all but lost to the maelstrom that took over their case, Leu v. International Boundary Commission. If you recall, this is the case where the U.S. Commissioner to the International Boundary Commission ordered retired couple Shirley and Herbert Leu to remove a ...

May 18, 2010

Armed conflict on the streets of Washington?

Author:Brian T. Hodges A panel of the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals recently heard oral argument in Leu v. International Boundary Commission – a case that has been typified by truly bizarre twists. If you recall, this is the case where the U.S. Commissioner to the International Boundary Commission ordered retired couple Shi ...

April 06, 2010

Ninth Circuit to hear the case of the little garden that could (topple a federal official)

Author: Brian T. Hodges The Ninth Circuit set Leu v. International Boundary Commission for oral argument on May 5, 2010 in Seattle. In 2006, retired couple Shirley and Herbert Leu built a small garden retaining wall in their back yard to stop their soil from wasting into a ditch. They had no idea that they ...

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