A majority of justices sided with raisin farmer Marvin Horne in his battle against a federal program created to keep excess raisins off the market. Chief Justice John Roberts wrote the 8-1 decision, with the courtâ€™s more conservative justices assenting. While the government can regulate production, Roberts said that it cannot seize property without compensation. The courtâ€™s liberal judges defended the programâ€™s intent, but some recognized it as outdated. Horneâ€™s lawyer, Stanford Law professor Michael McConnell, argued that the government must offer payment under the Fifth Amendment to the Constitution, which forbids â€œprivate property be taken for public use, without just compensation.â€
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