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Judge sides with rancher's estate

June 11, 2008|From Times Wire Reports

A federal judge has awarded more than $4.2 million to the estate of Wayne Hage, one of the leaders of the so-called Sagebrush Rebellion.

The judge ruled that the U.S. Forest Service had committed a constitutional "taking" of Hage's water rights during a decades-long dispute over livestock grazing on federal land.

The judge also ordered the government to pay back interest, which the late rancher's lawyer estimated at another $4.4 million.

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