April 2010, Volume 19, Number 2

IJ Report Kicks Off New Campaign Against Civil Forfeiture Abuse

Just as IJ elevated school choice, eminent domain abuse and campaign finance restrictions to become issues of national prominence, we are poised to do the same with one of the most serious assaults on property rights in the nation today: the abuse of civil asset forfeiture laws. Civil forfeiture allows the government to seize property…

SpeechNow.org Gets Its Day in Court

By Paul Sherman When David Keating founded SpeechNow.org, he wanted to create a group that would allow ordinary people to band together and amplify their voices. SpeechNow.org would collect contributions from individual U.S. citizens and use that money to run independent ads for or against political candidates based on their position on the First Amendment.…

Give These Donors a Bone

EVERY year, more than 100,000 Americans discover that they have often life-threatening blood and bone-marrow diseases like leukemia. For many, the only hope is a transplant of blood-producing marrow cells. Finding someone to donate the marrow is challenging, though, because the cells must be a near-perfect genetic match with the patient’s own cells, and those…

IJ Asks U.S. Supreme Court to Reverse 9th Circuit Decision in Arizona School Choice Case

By Tim Keller IJ has asked the U.S. Supreme Court to reverse the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals’ decision in Winn v. Garriott, which declared Arizona’s 13-year-old scholarship tax credit program unconstitutional. Arizona’s scholarship program allows individual taxpayers to claim a tax credit for donations to nonprofit organizations called school tuition organizations that, in…

Restoring the Privileges or Immunities Clause May Have to Wait for Another Day

By Clark Neily As we gathered outside the U.S. Supreme Court near dawn on Tuesday, March 2, the forecast called for scattered showers with a chance of liberty. In a few hours, the Justices would hear arguments in McDonald v. City of Chicago, and we would get our first inkling about the possible resurrection of…

Blooming Nonsense: IJ Files Suit to Uproot Florist Licensing Law

By Tim Keller On a cool, crisp March morning in New Orleans, three unlicensed florists committed a crime on the steps of the federal courthouse. In an act of civil disobedience, these unlicensed florists did the unthinkable—they made and sold floral arrangements without government approval. By arranging and selling flowers without a government-issued license, these…

Experiment Exposes Louisiana’s Pointless and Anti-Competitive Florist Licensing Scheme

Backers of Louisiana’s florist licensing scheme claim it is essential to maintaining professional standards and providing consumers with high-quality floral arrangements. But is that true? To find out, Dr. Dick Carpenter, IJ director of strategic research, asked Louisiana-licensed florists and unlicensed florists from across the border in Texas to judge a random line-up of floral…

Gifts Anyone Can Afford

Are you looking for a no-hassle way to support the Institute for Justice? How about one that costs you nothing now? Here are two ideas to consider. Include IJ in your will or living trust. Bequests are the easiest and most common way to include a charity in your long-term planning, and they are critically…

Using Signs to Protest a Sign Ban

By Matt Miller IJ recently filed suit to end Dallas’ ban on nearly all commercial signs in storefront windows. As IJ’s federal lawsuit against the city of Dallas makes its way through the court system, we have been hard at work on the ground continuing our fight against an unconstitutional law that is silencing entrepreneurs…

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