Judge Nap on TX Land Battle: 'Pigheaded' BLM Telling Supreme Court to 'Take a Hike'
Judge Andrew Napolitano weighed in on Fox and Friends this morning, along with two Texas ranchers, as the federal government eyes 90,000 acres along the Texas-Oklahoma border. Texas officials have expressed concern that the Bureau of Land Management - which made headlines for its dispute against Nevada rancher Cliven Bundy - may now seize land near the Red River.
The BLM claims any land in question was found to be public property in a 1986 federal court case. The issue is that the Red River moves "substantially," affecting the land near the border.
Napolitano, however, said the dispute goes back to the 1920s. Eventually the Supreme Court ruled on the dispute, but since neither state was happy with the decision they settled it between themselves.
"They're waiting for the Congress to agree. Nobody's involved in any dispute so far. Along comes the Bureau of Land Management. They decide the federal government owns 90,000 acres along here," said Napolitano, adding that the land was never part of the Supreme Court case.
Describing the BLM as "pigheaded, bullheaded, arrogant, headstrong and unlawful," he said the executive branch is essentially telling the Supreme Court to "take a hike."
"A lot of commas, but you certainly drove your point home," Brian Kilmeade joked, asking why the BLM wants this "headache."
Napolitano answered by saying the BLM "has an insatiable lust for land," arguing there are still constitutional questions about whether the federal government can own land that doesn't appear to serve any legitimate purpose.
Watch his analysis above, and check back on Fox News Insider each day for all of Judge Nap's analysis.
In the interview below, Steve Doocy got some reaction from Kevin Hunter and Charlotte Spragins, the owners of separate pieces of land near the Red River in Texas. Spragins said it seems like the feds are going to keep coming after them until "we wear down maybe."
Hunter vowed he won't let her "wear down" and will keep fighting over this issue, saying the land grab would cost him 100-200 acres. Hunter's message to the BLM is "go away."
"I pay taxes. I pay my income taxes. Go away. Just leave me alone," he said, arguing he has a deed to his land that is recognized by the state of Texas.