August 2003, Volume 12, Number 4

Introducing IJ’s Washington Chapter

August 2003 By William R. Maurer Once the engine of job creation in the Pacific Northwest, the economy of Washington State is in freefall. The Evergreen State lost 85,100 jobs from December 2000 to October 2002. Almost every sector of employment lost jobs during this time (with a notable exception being the government, which saw…

Ending “Policing for Profit”: IJ Represents Utah Citizens Fighting Forfeiture Abuse

It is a bedrock principle of our Republic that executive branch officials follow constitutional laws passed by the legislature or the people—even if they might personally disagree with them. Unfortunately, prosecutors in three of Utah’s largest counties have decided to simply refuse to abide by the forfeiture reform initiative—Initiative B—overwhelmingly passed by 69 percent of…

IJ Defends Rocky Mountain Education Reform

August 2003 IJ Defends Rocky Mountain Education Reform By Chip Mellor Colorado is the latest battleground over school choice. In April the Rocky Mountain State became the first state since last summer’s historic U.S. Supreme Court decision upholding school choice in Cleveland to enact a voucher program. Within days of the Colorado program’s enactment, the…

IJ Fights Web Of Internet Licensing

August 2003 IJ Fights Web Of Internet Licensing By Steve Simpson With home prices as high as they are these days, you’d think that state governments would do what they could to eliminate legal impediments to home buying and selling. Unfortunately, when it comes to real estate services, the State of California has sided with…

Judging A Book Ban By Its Cover

August 2003 Judging A Book Ban By Its Cover By John E. Kramer Jay Leno summed up IJ’s latest legal victory during his Tonight Show monologue: “Listen to this. A federal judge has ruled that the City of New Orleans cannot ban sidewalk book sales because it violates the First Amendment. Here’s what I don’t…

Think Your Home is Yours?

Think Your Home is Yours? By Bert Gall Imagine that for nearly 40 years you’ve lived in a cozy, middle-class neighborhood of well-kept colonial homes that has a sweeping view of a river valley. During that time, you’ve raised four children and, like the rest of your neighbors, made many improvements to your house, which…

Did you know?…

August 2003 Did you know?… How is “Blight” defined in Lakewood? Mayor Madeline Cain of Lakewood and the city council claim that Lakewood’s West End neighborhood is “functionally and economically obsolete,” and therefore “blighted,” based on such “evidence” as: • Lack of two-car garages • Fewer than two full bathrooms • Fewer than three bedrooms…

The Big Leagues of Fiscal Responsibility

August 2003 The Big Leagues of Fiscal Responsibility By Chip Mellor When IJ’s Brian Montgomery was 12, he struck out all 18 batters he faced in a Little League game, an event captured on home video and replayed with much merriment in our conference room. Although he’s lost the fastball that served him so well…

2003 Summer Clerks and Interns

August 2003 2003 Summer Clerks and Interns Our year 2003 summer clerks and interns provided excellent legal research for IJ. They are from left to right, Josh Chadwick-Columbia Law School, Daniel Kelly-Harvard Law School, Philip Uhde-Yale University, Robert Frommer-University of Michigan Law School, Kate Duree-University of Pennsylvania Law School, Daniel Evans-Brigham Young University, Jennifer Lakin-American…

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