“The Supreme Court prepares to hear a major Takings Clause case.”

  ” On its face, the Takings Clause of the Fifth Amendment sounds like a fairly solid barrier against government overreach. If private property is “taken for public use,” the clause declares, the government must pay “just compensation” to the owners. So not only is the state forbidden from taking property under most circumstances, it must pay its way in those specific cases where a taking is allowed.”