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"Private Property protected from Bureau of Land Management employee retaliation"-Reprinted from Wyoming Agriculture (February 2006) with permission of the Wyoming Farm Bureau.
On January 11, 2006, the U.S. Tenth Circuit Court of Appeals held that employees in the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) cannot retaliate against a ranch owner for refusing to grant the agency a right-of-way across his private land. Harvey Frank Robbins sued under RICO, saying that BLM employees used the power of federal regulations to try to extort a right-of-way across his private land in Wyoming. The case will go to jury trial in Cheyenne.

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  • William Perry Pendley"The New Wars for the West" - Keynote Address by William Perry Pendley, Esq., President and Chief Legal Officer, Mountain States Legal Foundation, Lakewood, Colorado; Eleventh Annual National Conference on Private Property Rights (PRFA, Albany, N.Y., October 13, 2007)
    Perry Pendley successfully defended John Shuller against the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service when, in self-defense, he shot a grizzly bear. He won the case for Larry Squires, who wanted to allow disposal of oil field brine in dry sink holes on his property. Mountain States Legal Foundation is fighting for inholder access to their property blocked by the U.S. Forest Service. Pendley has argued successfully three times before the U.S. Supreme Court on the right of contract regardless of race or ethnicity, against what is called "affirmative action."
    More on this topic: Endangered Species & Wildlife — National
  • Carol W. LaGrasse"Rancher Frank Robbins Loses at the Supreme Court" - By Carol W. LaGrasse, Reprinted from the New York Property Rights Clearinghouse, Vol. 11, No. 3 (PRFA Summer 2007.
    In June, the U.S. Supreme Court handed down a mercurial decision in Robbins v. Wilkie reversing the jury verdict that Bureau of Land Management officials violated the Fifth Amendment private property rights of Frank Robbins by repeatedly harassing him to retaliate because he refused to grant a free right-of-way easement across his Wyoming ranch. Only Justice Ruth Bader Ginsberg held that Robbins' property rights deserved protection.
    More on this topic: Rangeland and Grazing — Nat'l
  • Harriet M. Hageman"Litigating for Private Property Rights — A Western Perspective" - By Harriet M. Hageman, Attorney, Hageman and Brighton, P.C., Cheyenne, Wyoming; Speech to the Ninth Annual Conference on Private Property Rights (PRFA, Albany, N.Y. October 22, 2005)
    Threats to private property rights affect our families, our communities, our environment, our educational system and the future of our children. With the Preble's Jumping Mouse and the introduction of the Canadian gray wolf into Wyoming as examples, the Endangered Species Act is being manipulated, not for the purpose of benefiting endangered species, but to limit management and use of private property.
    More on this topic: Endangered Species & Wildlife — Nat'l
  • "Wyoming Conservation Easement Bill Defeated" — By Carol W. LaGrasse (PRFA, March 15 2003)
    In a victory for private property rights, legislation that would have enacted the Uniform Conservation Easement Act into law in Wyoming was defeated on March 4, the final day of the session, with a Senate tie vote.
    More on this topic: Conservation Easements

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