Horshoeing school sues state for right to teach students with limited education J. JUSTIN WILSON, INSTITUTE FOR JUSTICE Today, Bob Smith, owner of the Pacific Coast Horseshoeing School (PCHS), filed a federal lawsuit against the State of California to vindicate his First Amendment right to teach horseshoeing to anybody who wants...
Bill Will Protect Innocent Owners, Add New Disclosure Requirements NICK SIBILLA, INSTITUTE FOR JUSTICE Today , Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner signed a bill that bolsters transparency for civil forfeiture and strengthens due process protections for innocent property owners. Under civil forfeiture, law enforcement agencies can seize and then take title to...
NICK SIBILLA, INSTITUTE FOR JUSTICE The U.S. House of Representatives unanimously approved three amendments late Tuesday that would defund a notorious federal forfeiture program that was recently restored by U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions. “Civil forfeiture is one of the greatest threats to private property rights,” said Institute for Justice Attorney Robert Everett Johnson. “But...
NICK SIBILLA, INSTITUTE FOR JUSTICE Today , Arizona Governor Doug Ducey signed bipartisan legislation to meaningfully reform Arizona civil forfeiture laws. Under civil forfeiture, law enforcement agencies can seize property merely suspected of involvement in criminal activity. Unlike criminal forfeiture, civil forfeiture allows the government to permanently keep property without...
Claims the Bill Lacks "Any Benefit to Law-Abiding Citizens NICK SIBILLA, INSTITUTE FOR JUSTICE Late yesterday, Idaho Gov. Butch Otter vetoed HB  202a, which would have tightened the state’s civil forfeiture laws. Civil forfeiture allows law enforcement agencies to permanently confiscate and keep property without charging anyone with—let alone convicting them...
Never Charged Him with a Crime NICK SIBELLA, INSTITUTE FOR JUSTICE Mandrel Stuart used to own the Smoking Roosters, a barbecue restaurant in Staunton, Va. But one night in August 2012, police pulled him over and seized $17,550, without even bothering to charge Stuart with a crime. Unable to pay...
NICK SIBILLA, INSTITUTE FOR JUSTICE Under the legal doctrine of civil forfeiture, police can seize property tangentially linked to a crime, even if the property owner herself is innocent. As Isaiah Thompson reports in the Philadelphia City Paper, this is precisely what happened to Sandra Leino and her family: “Long before...