The US Supreme Court is considering a controversial proposal that would allow a man to buy a home in a remote area of Florida with his spouse.
The Supreme Court on Monday asked a panel of justices to weigh in on whether the measure would “exceed the bounds of judicial self-government” and whether the justices should consider it in a case involving a man who wanted to purchase a home with his wife and their two daughters.
The case is D.R. Horton v.
City of Miami, No. 12-976.
Horton, a retired US Army sergeant, was denied a $250,000 home improvement loan after he lost a court-ordered eviction in 2014.
The man’s lawyer, Joe Pertwee, says the ruling should make it easier for others like Horton to get homes for their family.
The court’s ruling is expected sometime in the spring, although the decision could take weeks to make its way through the court system.
The court also heard arguments on a separate case on the issue Monday in a separate Florida case involving the same man.
Pertweee said that the court is being “extraordinarily irresponsible” by not considering the merits of the Horton case in the case it’s now deciding.
“This is a decision that we’re all very aware of, and we’re very concerned about, because we don’t know if this decision will have a lasting impact on the mortgage market,” he said.PERTWEE said the ruling has “huge implications” for other men trying to buy homes in Florida, and said the issue is one of “economic justice” and “social justice.”
“The court is asking the court to allow the man to own the home he is seeking,” Pertis said.
The Horton case is just one of a number of court decisions that have raised the question of whether states can allow people to own homes as a way to protect homeownership rights.
A ruling in 2016 said that states cannot allow anyone to buy houses if the property is in the country illegally, which is often the case when there is a dispute over ownership.
A judge in Illinois ruled that a homeowner in the U.S. illegally could not sell his home.
In 2016, the Supreme Court said states have the right to allow people with illegal status to buy real estate, but not to take them over.
The issue was again on the agenda when the justices debated the constitutionality of a federal law that allows states to issue “Housing Choice Vouchers” that provide cash or other forms of financial assistance to people with home equity loans.