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Institute for Justice

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

HuffingtonPost.com | 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. ARLnow.com 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

HuffingtonPost.com | 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.