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Conroy v. Aniskoff

507 U.S. 511 (1993)

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Conroy v. Aniskoff

United States Supreme Court

507 U.S. 511 (1993)

Facts

Section 525 of the Soldiers’ and Sailors’ Civil Relief Act of 1940 (the act) provided that the period of time that a person is in military service should not be included in computing that person’s redemption period to recover real property sold or forfeited in relation to a tax obligation. Thomas Conroy (plaintiff) was an officer in the United States Army on duty during the entirety of this dispute. In 1973 Conroy purchased land in Danforth, Maine (the town) (defendant). Conroy paid property taxes on the land for 10 years before failing to pay property taxes in 1984, 1985, and 1986. In 1986 the town sold the property in accordance with state law. Conroy filed a lawsuit in state court against the town, arguing that § 525 of the act tolled his redemption period while he was in military service. The district court held that § 525 only tolled a redemption period if a taxpayer could show that his military service resulted in hardship that prevented him from taking timely legal action to recover a property. Conroy appealed, arguing that nothing in the text or legislative history of the act supported the conclusion that hardship was necessary to invoke § 525. The Maine Supreme Judicial Court affirmed the district court. The United States Supreme Court granted certiorari.

Rule of Law

Issue

Holding and Reasoning (Stevens, J.)

Concurrence (Scalia, J.)

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