The Federalist: How A Cat With A Gunshot Wound Is Bringing Property Rights Disputes Before The Supreme Court

January 09, 2023 | By JIM MANLEY

Not many cases involving speeding and littering end up before the U.S. Supreme Court. Fewer still involve shooting a cat. Hardly any will set national policy for property rights disputes involving 620 million acres of federal lands.

On Nov. 30, the Supreme Court heard arguments in just such a case. At issue in Wilkins v. United States is a highly technical question with a simple upshot: whether property owners can take the United States to court when it encroaches on private land.

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