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Good Counsel: IJ Challenges Virginia’s “Barrier Crime” Law

Across the country, there are tens of thousands of laws that ban people from working because of their criminal histories. Sometimes precise, narrow laws are justified. But, more often, these laws amount to permanent punishments that block people from supporting themselves because of old, irrelevant convictions. IJ’s defense of economic liberty has led us to…

IJ Victory Means Fresh Start for Pennsylvania Mom

IJ’s goal in Virginia is to replicate for Rudy and those like him the success we had in Pennsylvania just last year. In our case there, we represented two women denied esthetician’s licenses for supposedly lacking “good moral character” because of their old criminal histories.   We won our campaign after two years of grueling…

New IJ Project Seeks To Secure Fourth Amendment Rights

Private property is the bedrock of the American Dream. It’s why generations have toiled, scrimped, and saved for themselves and their posterity. And it’s why IJ has fought for decades against policies that let government officials take people’s property. The Framers of the U.S. Constitution understood that property isn’t really yours if the government can…

Fighting the War on Digital Cash

At the same time that IJ is fighting for constitutional protections for physical property, we are tackling warrantless government searches in the digital realm as well.   The Financial Crimes Enforcement Network (FinCEN) oversees the federal government’s financial surveillance program. FinCEN receives vast amounts of information from the traditional banking sector, as banks are required…

Ohio Taxidermist Puts Skin In the Game To Defend Fourth Amendment Rights

When an Ohio wildlife officer showed up at Jeremy Bennett’s taxidermy shop last year, Jeremy made what he thought was a simple request. “We’re closed for the season,” he told the officer. “We don’t open up for another few weeks, but you’re welcome to come back when we do.” Without saying much more, the officer…

Small Homes Face Big Obstacles in the Peach State

 At IJ, we know that local governments are showing increasing disdain for property rights. We have seen ordinances that outlaw front-yard vegetable gardens, ban home businesses, and even prevent businesses from placing signage in their own windows. When we fight back, we advocate for a straightforward principle: People should be able to live and work…

IJ Earns Top Marks From America’s Premier Charity Evaluator Two Decades Running

For the 20th consecutive year, Charity Navigator has awarded the Institute for Justice its highest four-star rating for our commitment to financial health, accountability, and transparency. Charity Navigator is America’s largest and most trusted nonprofit evaluator, and its consistently exceptional rating for IJ is yet more proof that a donation to IJ is a sound…

Escape From the Department of Labor: Family Farmers Fight To See an Independent Judge

Joe and Russell Marino have spent the past five years trapped by the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL). The agency claims they owe hundreds of thousands of dollars in fines and penalties—enough to destroy their family farm—and has tied them up for years in agency proceedings designed to ensure that they lose.   The nightmare…

Cash Is Not a Crime: IJ Takes on Houston’s Civil Forfeiture Machine

Ameal Woods was on his way to Houston chasing a dream. A truck driver for many years, Ameal was ready to start his own business and become a truck owner. With help from his wife, Jordan Davis, he’d saved $40,000 cash and was traveling to buy a used tractor-trailer.  But Ameal’s hopes were dashed when…

Motel Closure Case Is a Roller Coaster Ride of Government Harm and Deception

We’re used to IJ cases taking unexpected twists and turns, but occasionally something truly dizzying happens. That is the situation in a new IJ economic liberty case on behalf of two independent motels nestled in Tillamook County on Oregon’s rough southern coast. When the pandemic hit, both motels sprang into action to ensure guest health…

New IJ Research Gives Forfeiture Victims a Voice

Over the years, Liberty & Law readers have met many civil forfeiture victims and been horrified by their stories. But forfeiture proponents are quick to suggest such stories are regrettable exceptions—not the norm.  Thanks to IJ’s latest strategic research report, Frustrating, Corrupt, Unfair: Civil Forfeiture in the Words of Its Victims, we now have systematic…

Long-time Donor or New Supporter? IJ Has a Challenge Grant to Make Your Gift Go Even Further

The Institute for Justice is the grateful beneficiary of not one, but two challenge grants designed to make your end-of-year giving go even further in the fight for constitutional rights. Because of individuals like you, IJ represents clients and takes on cases like those you read about in this and every issue of Liberty &…

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IJ Makes Headlines

These articles and editorials are just a sample of favorable local and national pieces IJ secured in the weeks prior to the release of the December issue of Liberty & Law. By getting our message out in print, radio, broadcast, and online media, we show the real-world consequences of government restrictions on individual liberty—and make…

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