Hot Springs Rancher Loses US Supreme Court Case

Laramie, WY – The US Supreme Court ruled against a rancher from Hot Springs today in a case about federal access to his land. Harvey Robbins had accused six Bureau of Land Management employees of trying to coerce him into granting an easement on a road leading to the Shoshone National Forest. The case is important to the government because it could have exposed individual federal workers to personal liability. University of Wyoming law professor Michael Duff says the case turned out the way he expected, considering the massive number of cases that would arise if the court had ruled in favor of Robbins. Harvey Robbins argued that there should be a constitutional avenue for private citizens to sue government employees for continued harassment.