I’m filing this under “stupid criminals”, because of the sheer idiocy.
During the Mexican-American War, the Federal Government was required to recognize Mexican lands if the owner laid the proper paperwork claim to it. This was back in 1865.
Vinod Khosla, a billionaire, bought beachfront property in San Mateo County, and promptly kicked out the public from it.
His lobbyists and lawyers said that because the land had never really been classified as public property, the records from the 1800’s take precedent. A Superior Court Justice has ruled in favor of Khosla, but the State Legislature is working to pass something to circumvent the ruling.
“This,” said the lawyer for the county, ” is a blatant attempt by Khosla to abscond with public property.”