April 2018, Volume 27, Issue 2

The Kelo Case Hits the Big Screen

You know an organization has reached a new level when its stories are retold on the silver screen by major Hollywood stars. In April 2018, Little Pink House, which recounts IJ’s iconic case to save the homes of Susette Kelo and her neighbors, hits the big screen. The film stars two-time Oscar nominee Catherine Keener…

IJ Fights to End For-Profit Prosecution in California

For almost two decades, IJ has led the fight to end policing for profit, the troubling trend in which law enforcement uses citizens as ATMs. A recent case fighting this injustice expands on our work to end civil forfeiture and government’s ability to pad its budgets using excessive fines and fees. In California’s Coachella Valley,…

Victory for FREE SPEECH at the Colorado Supreme Court

In a ruling that will benefit hundreds of citizens and political groups throughout the state of Colorado, the Colorado Supreme Court on January 29 unanimously ruled that pro bono and reduced cost legal services to political organizations cannot be regulated as political “contributions” under Colorado’s campaign finance laws. The ruling in Coloradans for a Better Future…

Private Enforcement In the Spotlight

IJ’s Colorado Supreme Court win is just the tip of the First Amendment iceberg in the Centennial State. Unlike every other state in the U.S., Colorado outsources enforcement of its campaign finance laws wholesale to “any person.” That system is exploited relentlessly by politicians and their allies, who harness the full power of the state…

IJ’s Network of Volunteer Lawyers Expands the Fight for Liberty

At IJ, changing the world is a full-time job. But there are many lawyers around the country who work at private law firms yet still hope to do something, even part time, to make the U.S. a freer place. IJ gives them a way to do just that. In this past year alone, nearly 200…

IJ Receives Pineapple Fund Grant

Liberty & Law readers may have heard of the Pineapple Fund, an organization created in December 2017 by an anonymous donor aiming to give away approximately $86 million in Bitcoin. “Pine” accepted online applications for two months and received thousands of requests. IJ applied, and we were proud and delighted to learn in January that…

Victory!

It is tough enough being an entrepreneur. But if no one knows how to find your business, it becomes almost impossible. Because a business with no signs is a sign of no business, a vital part of IJ’s First Amendment work is to strengthen speech protections for small businesses that use signs to advertise and…

Does the Eighth Amendment Protect Against State and Local FORFEITURES?

As Liberty & Law readers know, officials at all levels of government—federal, state and local alike—are increasingly relying on fines and forfeitures to bolster their budgets. That perverse profit incentive makes these kinds of sanctions one of the greatest threats to property rights in the nation today. IJ’s latest foray into combating unjust fines and…

Overcoming Hurdles, the IJ Way

The goal of IJ’s litigation is to set important constitutional precedent in state and federal courts. To do that, though, we often must cut through a thicket of procedural obstacles before a court even addresses the merits of our claims. We often spare readers the details of these fights, but it is important, every now…

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