Supremes examining city’s decision to take woman’s private land

The Supreme Court has agreed to take a case in which a town has threatened to turn a woman’s private 90 acres into public property.

The justices said Monday they will hear arguments in the case Knick v. Scott Township, on which WND reported last year.

The Pennsylvania dispute developed when Scott Township officials abruptly adopted an ordinance that requires landowners to open their property to the public if there are claims that a historical gravesite exists on the land.

The 90 acres owned by Rose Mary Knick has been in her family for half a century, and someone claimed there was on old gravesite on the land.

No proof was necessary, according to the law, which requires that the landowner provide daily public access to the site.

Knick went to court, but the state courts said they won’t act because the township said Knick shouldn’t worry, because officials won’t enforce any requirement



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