Cemetery Case Could Change Path for Property Rights Claims Against Local Governments

Route Fifty: Rose Knick’s legal troubles with Scott, Pennsylvania began when the township enacted an ordinance requiring her to grant public access to a cemetery on her 90-acre plot of farmland.

On Wednesday, over five years after she was first declared out of compliance with the local law, the U.S. Supreme Court will hear oral arguments in Knick v. Township of Scott. If the court rules in Knick’s favor, landowners and others who claim that local governments have infringed on their property rights could gain a clearer path to having their cases heard in federal court.

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