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Ranchers say the state flooded their lands, killing animals in Supreme Court case

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Richie DeVillier, a Texas rancher, is taking his case to the Supreme Court after his property was severely flooded due to highway construction, resulting in significant livestock loss during Hurricane Harvey.

DeVillier argues that the government should compensate property owners for such damage, citing the Fifth Amendment.

Texas, however, contends that the state is protected from liability. (Trending: Bombshell J6 Footage Raises Questions About Pelosi’s Team)

DeVillier said, “You love your animals.”

“It’s hard enough seeing a cow drowned. But horses are a different thing. Horses are parts of our souls,” he continued.

“That was one of the most horrible things that I’ve had to go through,” the rancher added.

“We were artificially in the bowl that’s created by the highway construction,” he explained.

“God didn’t do that. Man made that,” said DeVillier.

“We didn’t have flood insurance. We had to go get an SBA loan and basically just $250,000 to rebuild our home, our barns, equipment, try to restock our cattle,” he explained.

“I felt God was talking to me at that point in time, and it became clear to me what my path forward was,” said DeVillier.

“We’re going to get this solved, and I’m not going to quit,” he promised.

“When your government can take from you at will what they want and you have no redress, that’s straight up tyranny,” DeVillier added

The case is set to be heard in January, raising fundamental questions about government accountability and constitutional rights.

IJ Deputy Litigation Director Robert McNamara, said, “Most people are familiar with the Pottery Barn rule, which is if you break it, you buy it.”

“But that’s not just the rule at the Pottery Barn. That’s the rule in the Constitution. If the government destroys your property, the government has to pay for it,” he added.

“This case isn’t just about Richie and his neighbors. This case is fundamentally about whether any American anywhere can force the government to obey the promises of the Constitution,” McNamara explained.

“We say the answer is yes. Texas says the answer is only if they feel like it. And the Supreme Court is going to tell us which one of us is right,” he added.

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