Barron v. Mayor & City Council of Baltimore (1833)

Key Facts—Barron sued the City of Baltimore, which had diverted streams and thereby ruined his wharf by making the water too shallow for boats.

Issue—Does the Takings Clause of the Fifth Amendment bind actions taken by cities and states?

Holding—At this point in history, no.

Result—Lawsuit dismissed.

Reasoning—The Constitution and Bill of Rights were originally intended to bind only the federal government, not the states.


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