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Barron v. Baltimore
Citation:32 U.S. (7 Pet.) 243 (1833)
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Barron sued the City of Baltimore claiming that the City had destroyed the value of his wharf, which was on the Baltimore harbor, when it diverted streams while conducting street maintenance. He asserted that the work had left the water at his wharf too shallow to be used by most vessels. He claimed that the City’s actions deprived him of his property without just compensation, in violation of the Fifth Amendment, which he argued should be construed as to restrain the legislative power of a state as well as that of the United States.
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