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DEA Takes Billions From People Not Charged With A Crime, Can't Say How It's Helping

The Huffington Post | Nick Wing | Posted 03.29.2017 | Politics

WASHINGTON ― Over the past decade, the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration has permanently seized $3.2 billion in cash from individuals who were ne...

States Are Trying To Stop Cops From Taking Innocent People's Stuff

The Huffington Post | Nick Wing | Posted 02.07.2017 | Politics

Over the past six weeks, lawmakers in more than a dozen states have filed legislation to overhaul or eliminate civil asset forfeiture, a controversial...

Will judge strike down Chicago's food truck rules?

Hilary Gowins | Posted 10.25.2016 | Chicago
Hilary Gowins

For the past four years, Chicago has forced food trucks to live under ridiculous rules. But depending on the outcome of a case now before Cook County ...

Arizona Pretends to Reduce But Instead Significantly Raises Barriers to Entry for Cremationists

Tanya D. Marsh | Posted 03.02.2017 | Business
Tanya D. Marsh

Critics across the ideological spectrum argue that occupational licensing regimes do little to protect consumers from incompetent practitioners and instead raise costs for consumers by stifling competition and imposing barriers to entry.

Treat Her Like A Lady: Civil Forfeiture's Lack of Chivalry

Chandra Bozelko | Posted 01.06.2017 | Crime
Chandra Bozelko

At first blush, it may seem like civil forfeiture is different than the usual methods of justice: targeting poor people who have nothing and placing them in jail. As hard as state and federal governments may try, you can't take nothing from nothing so indigent populations are impervious to forfeiture schemes.

This City Is Fining Black Residents For Having Weeds In Their Gardens

Courthouse News Service | Nico Pitney | Posted 11.12.2015 | Politics

PAGEDALE, Mo. (CN) - Missouri resident Valarie Whitner lives in fear, but not of violence - fear of another ticket for chipped paint on a downspout, o...

Food-Truck Bust in the Loop Sets Disturbing Precedent for Chicago Chefs

Hilary Gowins | Posted 10.07.2016 | Chicago
Hilary Gowins

No matter what motivated the city to issue tickets to food trucks at this intersection, one thing is clear: Chicago's food-truck rules make it difficult for these entrepreneurs to operate.

A Grave Injustice to Religious and Economic Liberty in New Jersey

Tanya D. Marsh | Posted 08.28.2016 | Religion
Tanya D. Marsh

Since the Third Century, Christians have primarily buried their dead in churchyards and cemeteries owned by the parish or church that they attended. The Roman Catholic Church has therefore been in the "cemetery business" for over 1,700 years. I

My Struggle for Braiding Freedom

Melony Armstrong | Posted 11.18.2014 | Black Voices
Melony Armstrong

Public officials at all levels chatter constantly about employment and job creation. Unfortunately, not enough of them seem concerned about the nonsensical barriers they and their predecessors erect that stand in the way of entrepreneurs seeking to earn an honest living.

Tennessee Hearings Demonstrate Absurdities Of Asset Forfeiture

Radley Balko | Posted 11.25.2013 | Politics

Here in Nashville, the state legislature held hearings this week on "policing for profit," the catchy name the libertarian public interest law firm th...

Another Drug War Forfeiture Outrage

Radley Balko | Posted 11.24.2013 | Politics

Here's a new video from the libertarian public interest law firm, the Institute for Justice. Combine civil asset forfeiture with the vague federal ...

Philadelphia Family Loses Home Over A Single Drug Charge

Radley Balko | Posted 09.10.2013 | Politics

Sam Leino was ultimately convicted on a single charge of possessing prescription drugs with intent to distribute. For that, his wife and their three c...

Radley Balko

State May Abolish Abusive Police Practice | Radley Balko | Posted 03.22.2013 | Politics

A Tennessee state legislator has introduced a bill to abolish civil asset forfeiture, the controversial legal power that allows police to confiscate a...

LOOK: This Guy Lived In A Truck Down By The Dog Park

The Huffington Post | Arin Greenwood | Posted 10.16.2012 | DC

ARLINGTON, Va. -- Itinerant artists Zack Weaver and Rob Fogle say only one person called the police on them during the two weeks they lived in a truck...

LOOK: Couple's Amazing Mountaintop Wedding Photos

Posted 08.29.2012 | DC

How did a Northern Virginia couple's mountaintop wedding become international news? "The best answer I can give is the Internet," Bob Ewing, the gr...

Head Shop In Trouble For Unusual Reason

The Huffington Post | Arin Greenwood | Posted 08.22.2012 | DC

WASHINGTON -- A Northern Virginia head shop is in trouble with the law -- but not for the reasons you might expect. reports that Smokey ...

Aaron Sorkin's The Newsroom: One-Sided Politics Will Not Save Us From Politics

Trevor Burrus | Posted 09.25.2012 | Politics
Trevor Burrus

If he wants to portray smart, honest, hard-working people turning journalism back into an antacid for our partisan-induced ulcers, then he should make more of an effort to be a non-partisan researcher.

Mom Of 3 Girls With Rare Disorders Pushes For Bone Marrow Donors To Be Paid

Posted 06.14.2012 | Impact

Doreen Flynn is desperate to save her three daughter’s lives and is taking on the federal government to do so. The Maine single mom knows that in...

J. L. Greene

Car Service Cartels Use Regulation to Crush Competitors | J. L. Greene | Posted 12.07.2011 | Home

NASHVILLE, Tenn.-- In June 2010 the Nashville Metropolitan City Council passed legislation raising the city's minimum fee for limo and sedan rentals, ...

Engaged Judges Needed to Protect Vital Freedoms

Jeff Rowes | Posted 07.19.2011 | Politics
Jeff Rowes

To those locked in the power struggles between right and left, adverse court decisions are frequently lambasted as "judicial activism." When the Supre...

Cancer Patients vs. the Attorney General

Bob McNamara | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Bob McNamara

Congress can't criminalize things arbitrarily, and it certainly can't turn people into felons on the basis of a simple factual mistake, like treating bone marrow as if it were a solid organ.

Colorado Gets a C for Its Civil Asset Forfeiture Laws

Mike Krause | Posted 05.25.2011 | Denver
Mike Krause

Asset forfeiture laws in Colorado were spawned out of the worst excesses of the war on drugs in the 1980s and '90s and turned the best practices of American justice upside down.

Supreme Court Backs Plutocracy, Targets Arizona Clean Elections Matching Funds

Michele Swenson | Posted 05.25.2011 | Denver
Michele Swenson

The Colorado Citizens (Publicly-Funded) Campaigns Initiative 53 is not modeled on Arizona and other states' public funding initiatives that use matching funds to level the election playing field.