WVXU: OKI Wanna Know why does Kentucky own the Ohio River?

UC law expert says it dates back to Colonial America

UC Law’s Brad Mank answers questions about the border between Kentucky, Indiana, and Ohio and what the U.S. Supreme Court says about it. 

“Can Kentucky’s state border really be found right after you cross the bridge?” asked an inquiring listener of WVXU Cincinnati Public Radio’s featured program: “OKI Wanna Know”. Turns out, it is, and the U.S. Supreme Court had something to say about it.   

Brad Mank, professor at the UC College of Law

Brad Mank, professor at the UC College of Law/Photo Joe Fuqua II/UC Creative + Brand

UC Law’s Professor Brad Mank explains that the border debate can be traced back to Colonial America, Virginia’s claim to land to the west (including West Virginia, Ohio, Kentucky, and Indiana), and Kentucky’s statehood in 1792.  It’s an interesting history lesson with legal implications.  

Mank, the James B. Helmer, Jr. Professor of Law, teaches and writes in the areas of environmental law, administrative law, and property.  

Listen to the interview on WVXU .

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