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High court appears to back farmer's battle against California raisin board
High court appears to back farmer's battle against California raisin board

The California raisins were back before the Supreme Court, and the justices sounded ready to rule in favor of a Fresno farmer in his long battle against a Depression-era law that allows the government to seize privately grown crops to reduce supply and prop up prices. Marvin Horne was fined $695,000 after defying a demand by a government-backed board in California to hand over part of his raisin crop in 2003. He said the board's action amounted to "stealing" and is now asking the high court for compensation. Though the law in question is not currently used to seize raisins or most other crops, Horne's claim won the sympathy of the court's conservatives, who...

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