- Nov 22, 2003
- Reaction score
Did I hear there are still troops in Germany and Japan? Bosnia?
O'Connor to mediate WWII land dispute
By MARK SHERMAN, Associated Press Writer Tue Feb 6, 4:33 PM ET
WASHINGTON - Former Supreme Court Justice
Sandra Day O'Connor has agreed to mediate a long-running dispute over government reimbursement for land that was taken during World War II.
The case involves 36,000 acres of farmland, and the valuable natural resources beneath them, in western Kentucky that was taken by condemnation to build the Army's Camp Breckenridge as a training facility. The government paid the owners $3.1 million for the property in the early 1940s.
Hundreds of families had to leave, believing they might be allowed to buy back their property someday.
But by the early 1950s, the Defense Department learned there could be valuable oil and gas reserves beneath the land. The government sold the land and the mineral rights for $32 million in 1965.
It took an act of Congress before the families finally won the right to sue in 1993...