U.S. top court rules for California farmers over government raisin program

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The U.S. Supreme Court ruled on Monday in favor of California farmers challenging a Depression-era federal program that requires raisin producers to put aside a proportion of their crop without guaranteed compensation. In an 8-1 decision, the court said the program constitutes the taking of property without compensation in violation of the Fifth Amendment of the U.S. Constitution. In an opinion written by Chief Justice John Roberts, the court said the government should pay Marvin and Laura Horne, who run Raisin Valley Farms in California, the market value of the raisins and relieve them of the fine that was imposed.

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