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Horne V. USDA: Supreme Court rules in favor of California raisin farmers

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California seedless raisins are seen June 9, 2005 in Des Plaines, Illinois. Tim Boyle/Getty Images

This morning, the U.S. Supreme Court issued a ruling on Horne V. the Department of Agriculture. At the heart of this case is the California raisin. 

Thanks to a government program dating back to the Great Depression, raisin farmers have had to surrender a share of their crops to the government. Those farmers get little or nothing in return. One Fresno farmer named Marvin Horne refused to comply and the government hit him with nearly $700,000 in fines. 

Horne took his case all the way to the Supreme Court. For more on what the court did with it, we're joined by Karl Manheim, professor of Constitutional Law at Loyola Law School.  

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