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October 8, 2018

Cemetery case tests property rights issue

  • The Supreme Court will consider whether people with certain property rights cases can bring them to federal court or must go to state court.
    Associated Press

    SCOTT TOWNSHIP, Pa. — Rose Mary Knick makes no bones about it. She doesn't buy that there are bodies buried on her eastern Pennsylvania farmland, and she doesn't want people strolling onto her property to visit what her town says is a small cemetery.

    Six years ago, however, Knick's town passed an ordinance that requires anyone with a cemetery on their land to open it to the public during the day. The town ordered Knick to comply, threatening a daily fine of $300 to $600 if she didn't. Knick's response has been to fight all the way to the U.S. Supreme Court, which heard arguments in her case last week.

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