June 2016, Volume 25, Issue 3


IJ Stops Highway Robbery

IJ recently scored a major victory on behalf of a Burmese Christian rock band that had $53,000 seized by Oklahoma police using civil forfeiture. Haven’t heard of this case before? That may be because a mere six hours after we announced the lawsuit on April 25, the Muskogee County District Attorney dropped the case like…

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Charm City’s Less-Than-Charming Vending Laws

The customer is king. At least, they are supposed to be. But in Baltimore, government officials—not customers—decide where people get to shop and eat. And that heavy-handed approach is making it nearly impossible for the city’s mobile vendors to earn a living and build thriving businesses. Two years ago, the city banned mobile vendors, including…


It’s Just a (Cardboard) Box

Readers of Liberty & Law do not have to be convinced that you should not need to become a licensed funeral director to sell a box. And you will remember IJ persuaded the 5th and 6th U.S. Circuit Courts of Appeals of that same thing when they struck down similar restrictions on casket sales in…

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Defending School Choice for All

In our five-year-old battle to secure educational choice in Douglas County, Colorado, we have faced a lot of strange twists and turns. Events recently took an even stranger turn, but we are as confident as ever that victory is near. In 2011, the Douglas County Board of Education adopted the Choice Scholarship Program, a school…


An Important Victory For Montana’s School Choice Program

In April, a Montana court ruled that the state Department of Revenue cannot exclude children who attend religious schools from receiving scholarships under Montana’s new tax-credit scholarship program. This ruling restores the program to the way the Legislature intended—by allowing families to apply for scholarships to attend the school of their choice. The court said…


Dallas Seeks to Shutter 30-Year-Old Business To Clear Way for “Starbucks, Macaroni Grill or nice sit-down restaurants”

For more than 30 years, Hinga Mbogo has been fixing the cars of Dallas residents at his shop on Ross Avenue. He was raised on a farm in Kenya, where he developed a love for mechanics in his youth by repairing broken-down farm vehicles. Hinga fell in love with Dallas on a visit and moved…


Braiding Freedom Comes to Kentucky

Liberty in Action recently scored a major victory for African-style hair braiders in Kentucky when the Commonwealth passed a law that exempts braiders from needing to get a government-issued license to braid hair. Previously, braiders were forced to take 1,800 hours of unnecessary cosmetology training and spend six months as an apprentice before they could work…


Taking the Battle Against Occupational Licensing to the Next Level

In 1954, U.S. Supreme Court Justice William O. Douglas wrote in a dissenting opinion that the right to work was “the most precious liberty that man possesses.” Less than a year later, however, he authored the Court’s opinion in Williamson v. Lee Optical of Oklahoma, Inc., unanimously upholding what amounted to a state ban on…

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