COUNTY COMMITTED “WETLANDS” FRAUD; NOW IT MUST PAY
Pacific Legal Foundation 11/5/08
“Government hit us ... with an environmental billy club.”
Those are the words of Peter Adam. He and his family
are fifth generation farmers in Santa Barbara County,
California. He’s explaining why PLF attorneys are
representing them in a federal property rights lawsuit
against the county.
Outrageous government misconduct
Peter and his brothers are victims of government
misconduct. The county
falsely designated property that they own as“wetlands.”
For nearly seven years, although they had to keep paying
property taxes, they couldn’t farm the land.
A state court jury found that the county had deprived
them of their constitutional rights, and had acted with
malice, oppression, or fraud.
Now, in federal court, PLF attorneys are seeking
monetary damages for the family.
Constitution demands compensation—and accountability
Alissa J. Strong
“It’s a constitutional right to be compensated when
government confiscates private property,” says PLF
litigator Alissa J. Strong, who is lead attorney on the
Accountability is crucial, too.“The government has to
know that it will pay a price when it tramples on people’s
rights,” says Peter Adam.“Unless the County is made to pay
for depriving us of our rights, they have zero incentive
to respect the rights of any other farmer or any other
Read more about the case,
Adam Bros. Farming, Inc. v. Santa Barbara County, on
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