October 2014, Volume 23, Number 5

Class Action Lawsuit Challenges the Philadelphia Forfeiture Machine

By Darpana Sheth For the past few months, Chris and Markela Sourovelis have been living a nightmare. It started on May 8 when police showed up on their doorstep to kick them and their family out of their home in suburban Philadelphia. Without any notice or opportunity to see a judge, the Sourovelises were told…

#EndForfeiture

By Justin Wilson Working to end the outrageous practice of civil forfeiture will not only need to take place in the court of law, but also in the court of public opinion. IJ’s communications and activism teams are already putting a plan into action. In the past two months, legislators in both the U.S. House…

Taxi Freedom: Milwaukee Taxi Cartel Threatens To Fight Latest Victory

By Anthony Sanders Three years ago, Jatinder Cheema only dreamed of owning his own taxicab business. The city of Milwaukee, where Jatinder lives and drives a cab, was firmly behind its command-and-control system of capping the number of taxis and artificially raising the price of a taxi to $150,000—which is more than an average Milwaukee…

Bad Laws, Not “Bad Apples,” Drive Forfeiture Abuse

By Lisa Knepper This issue of Liberty & Law describes how Philadelphia’s forfeiture machine chews up $6 million of its citizens’ cash, cars and homes each year. Regular readers know that local police in Tewksbury, Mass., teamed up with the feds to try to forfeit and cash in on Russ Caswell’s family-owned motel, and that…

A Primer on Public Choice: Interview with Law Professor Todd Zywicki

On October 14, the U.S. Supreme Court will consider an antitrust case with an occupational licensing flavor, giving IJ an opening to show the Court how licensing harms consumers and entrepreneurs. Working with George Mason University law professor Todd Zywicki, IJ Senior Attorney Paul Sherman and Director of Strategic Research Lisa Knepper wrote an amicus…

Ten-Hut! Law Students Fall In at IJ’s “Public Interest Boot Camp”

By Melissa LoPresti In July, 54 students and about two dozen IJ attorneys and staff gathered near our headquarters for IJ’s annual law student conference. The event—dubbed the “Public Interest Boot Camp” because of its increasingly intensive curriculum—is the cornerstone event of our year-round student outreach. We were thrilled to invite, for the first time,…

U.S. Supreme Court to Government: No, You Can’t Do Whatever You Want

By Evan Bernick This past term, the U.S. Supreme Court unanimously rebuffed the Obama Administration’s arguments in 13 constitutional cases. That’s right—13 times the federal government made arguments for government power that were so boundless and removed from the U.S. Constitution that they could not garner even a single vote. While it’s encouraging to see…

Decrease Your Taxes and Support Freedom

By Melanie Hildreth Would you like to make a gift that helps secure individual liberty while providing a charitable tax deduction, earning fixed income for life and reducing your capital gains tax? Consider establishing a charitable gift annuity with the Institute for Justice. A charitable gift annuity is a simple contract that pays you a…

IJ Fights for Political Speech for All Americans

By Bill Maurer Right now, America is going through another election cycle, and with that comes a chorus of elected officials bemoaning wealthy contributors in elections. But most people do not realize that the attempts to cut down on political activities by the rich prevent average Americans from getting involved in the political process. The…

In Memory of IJ Client Elizabeth Gohl

It takes a special person to balance a career, motherhood and being part of constitutional litigation—all while fighting a life-threatening disease. But Dr. Elizabeth Gohl was just such a person. Readers first learned about Dr. Gohl in the last issue of Liberty & Law. She was a client in IJ’s ongoing battle with the Arkansas…

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