February 2006, Volume 15, Number 1

Eminent Domain Abuse on Trial

3February 2006 Eminent Domain Abuse on Trial By Bert Gall When the abuse of eminent domain is finally stopped, historians may look back on January 11 as the day that turned the tide in favor of American homeowners. Dozens of Castle Coalition members and other Ohioans converged in Columbus to rally against eminent domain for…

Overcoming New York’s Stacked Deck: Victory and Vindication for Property Owner

New York’s eminent domain procedures are wildly biased in favor of the government. Five years ago, they were even worse. But thanks to IJ client Bill Brody, a federal appeals court has finally ruled that there are limits to just how much government can stack the deck in its favor. In 2000, I got a…

First-Ever National Study on African Hairbraiders Finds Tangle of Cosmetology Laws

February 2006 First-Ever National Study on African Hairbraiders Finds Tangle of Cosmetology Laws By Valerie Bayham For more than a decade, African hairbraiders have been handcuffed, arrested, thrown in jail or fined thousands of dollars merely for practicing their cultural art form for compensation. But thanks to the advocacy of the Institute for Justice and…

The Castle Coalition: Targetting State-Level Reform

By Steven Anderson Because most eminent domain abuse occurs as a result of bad state laws, one goal of the Castle Coalition’s “Hands Off My Home” campaign is to effect change at the state legislative level, which we’ve aggressively pursued since the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision in Kelo v. City of New London. IJ continues…

IJ State Chapters 5 Years and Growing

February 2006 IJ State Chapters 5 Years and Growing By Chip Mellor With free legal help from the IJ Arizona Chapter, Randy Bailey stood up for his property rights against the abuse of eminent domain and won. Five years ago, IJ literally opened a new chapter in our nation’s fight for individual rights—we created our…

OREGON: Where Property Rights Are Gone

February 2006 OREGON: Where Property Rights Are Gone By Jeff Rowes Oregonians, like Americans everywhere, take it for granted that their government is “of the people, by the people, and for the people.” Imagine their shock then when a successful ballot measure reforming property rights was struck down on the outrageous ground that it’s unconstitutional…

Florida Supreme Court Strikes Down Choice

February 2006 Florida Supreme Court Strikes Down Choice By Clark Neily Turning its back on thousands of low-income Florida schoolchildren, on January 5 the Florida Supreme Court struck down the state’s Opportunity Scholarship program on the grounds that it violates Florida’s constitutional obligation to establish a “uniform, efficient, safe, secure, and high quality system of…

Beyond Pixels

If a picture is worth a thousand words, the eye-popping motion graphics, video production and state-of-the-art websites created by IJ Production and Design Assistant Isaac Reese have provided an encyclopedia of inspiration for the freedom movement. Isaac’s inspirations continue to captivate the many visitors who view the Institute for Justice’s websites and publications. Isaac joined…

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