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U.S. Supreme Court building. U.S. Supreme Court building. Photo: Diego M. Radzinschi/ALM

For years, back to when I argued the U.S. Supreme Court case Palazzolo v. Rhode Island as Rhode Island’s attorney general, big-money developers and regulated industries and the lawyer groups that front for them have been trying to turn the Constitution’s takings clause into a weapon against the government. The court’s decision in Knick v. Township of Scott just gave them a big prize—and showed how much control those interests now have.

 

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