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Court punts on regulatory taking
of private property; justices split
The Supreme Court ruled against a Rhode Island man whose 40-year struggle to develop his coastal marshland became a rallying cry for conservatives angry over government regulation of private property. The court said Anthony Palazzolo has the right to challenge the government's refusal to let him build on the property. But in ruling against him, the majority decided the case on Palazzolo's circumstances rather than a broad analysis of the government's right to take property.
Immigrants who commit crimes in the U.S. can't be locked up indefinitely just because authorities have no …