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Federal Court Finds Albuquerque’s Civil Forfeiture Program Unconstitutional

Judge finds Albuquerque's program forces property owners to bear an unconstitutional burden to prove own innocence and creates an unconstitutional incentive to take property. J....

Louisiana Legislature Sends License Review Bill to Governor

NICK SIBILLA, INSTITUTE FOR JUSTICE Late Thursday, the Louisiana House of Representatives unanimously approved HB 748, a bill that would review the state’s burdensome and often...

Lawsuit Challenges California Law Criminalizing Teaching Trade Skills

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...

Illinois Becomes 25th State to Pass Civil Forfeiture Reform

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...

House Defunds Attorney General’s Expansion of Civil Forfeiture

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...

With Governor’s Signature, Arizona Now the 20th State to Pass Forfeiture Reform

NICK SIBILLA, INSTITUTE FOR JUSTICE Today , Arizona Governor Doug Ducey signed bipartisan legislation to meaningfully reform Arizona civil forfeiture laws. Under civil forfeiture, law...

Idaho Governor Vetoes Forfeiture Reform

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...

Cops Seized $ 17,550 from Driver

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....

How a Philadelphia Family Lost Their Home to Asset Forfeiture

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...