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California must do more to allow ex-offenders find work

Amid catastrophic wildfires, Gov. Gavin Newsom signed a bill that will finally expand economic opportunity for some of the state’s inmate firefighters. For decades, California has trained thousands of prisoners to fight fires. Today, those working in a penal fire camp earn just $2-5 a day, plus an extra $1 per hour when on the fire line. But in a cruel irony, once they’re released from prison, many ex-offenders find themselves barred from working as firefighters. Almost all of the state’s 900-pl...
Tags: California, Opinion, Sport, Soccer, Gavin Newsom, Institute for Justice, Newsom, Nick Sibilla, Guest Commentary, Assembly Bill 2147, AB2147


The DEA seized a retired railroad engineer's life savings

Between 2000-2016 the U.S. government seized over 2 billion dollars from U.S. airport travelers. The vast majority of these people were not charged with a crime. The Institute for Justice highlights one such case involving a retired railroad engineer and his daughter: Retired railroad engineer Terry Rolin's life savings were seized by the government, but he hasn't been charged with any crime. Terry saved up cash and kept it in his Pittsburgh home over many years. But when he moved out of his ...
Tags: Video, News, Boston, Rebecca, Pennsylvania, Tsa, DEA, Terry, Pittsburgh, Institute for Justice, Transportation Security Administration TSA, Drug Enforcement Administration DEA, Rebecca Brown, Institute for Justice IJ, Terry Rolin


"Civil-Asset Forfeiture Should Be an Easy Place to Start on Criminal-Justice Reform"

The title of this post is the title of this new National Review commentary authored by Isaac Schorr.  Here are excerpts: Civil-forfeiture reform is the principal focus of the FAIR Act, and for good reason: The process is broken.  Under this form of forfeiture, the government brings charges against the property itself without leveling any against the property owner.  On a federal level, criminal behavior need not be proven for law enforcement to initiate civil-asset-forfeiture proceedings; mere ...
Tags: Law, Congress, California, Justice Department, Kamala Harris, Bernie Sanders, Democratic, Freedom Caucus, Institute for Justice, Tulsi Gabbard, Paul Gosar, Benjamins, Douglas A Berman, Isaac Schorr


If you want to help minorities and the poor, get government out of the way

More of the same can’t and won’t improve prospects for minorities and the poor in California. California is as Democratic as a state can be. Every policy discussion is dominated by those whose idea of helping the poor and minorities is to expand the role of government in society. Proposals can and do sail through the Legislature without even a single Republican or independent vote. California is the most extensively taxed state in the country, which, as a result of the political domination, has ...
Tags: Obama, California, Opinion, Sacramento, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Sport, Soccer, San Diego, District Of Columbia, Berkeley, Black, Southern California, Trump, Democratic, Legislature


Now’s a great time for licensing reform

The coronavirus pandemic has, among other things, forced individuals, businesses and governments alike to rethink how they conduct themselves. Governments across the country, including the federal government, quickly realized that one of the necessary things to do was to waive rules and regulations that impeded the healthcare system from working with the sort of dynamism the pandemic called for. One lesson we hope politicians and bureaucrats can take to heart is the realization that very often r...
Tags: Florida, California, Opinion, Uncategorized, Sacramento, Sport, Soccer, Legislature, Institute for Justice, Ron DeSantis, Archbridge Institute


Now’s a good time to scrap civil asset forfeiture

The killing of George Floyd and the subsequent nationwide uproar has rightfully forced needed conversations about law enforcement and the criminal justice system. While Congress has so far fumbled on working toward tangible, passable legislation, Sens. Rand Paul, R–Kentucky, Mike Lee, R–Utah, Mike Crapo, R–Idaho, and Angus King, I–Maine, have reintroduced legislation to limit the use of civil asset forfeiture. Through the practice, law enforcement is able to seize cash and other assets from indi...
Tags: Utah, Congress, Opinion, Sport, Soccer, Idaho, Maine, Editorials, New Jersey, Don, PAUL, Institute for Justice, Angus King, Mike Crapo, George Floyd, Paul R -- Kentucky Mike Lee


Opinion analysis: Court rules that religious schools cannot be excluded from state funding for private schools

In 2015, the Montana legislature created a scholarship program that provided a dollar-for-dollar tax credit for donations to private scholarship organizations. Those organizations used the money to fund scholarships for children to attend private schools – which, in Montana, are primarily religious schools. In 2018, the Montana Supreme Court struck down the tax-credit program, holding that it violated the state constitution’s ban on aid for churches and religious schools. Today the U.S. Supreme ...
Tags: Featured, Supreme Court, Law, Montana, Court, Catholic, Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Thomas, Sonia Sotomayor, U S Supreme Court, John Roberts, Institute for Justice, Stillwater, Roberts, Howe, Ginsburg


Supreme Court lifts ban on state aid to religious schooling

By MARK SHERMAN WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court on Tuesday made it easier for religious schools to obtain public funds, upholding a Montana scholarship program that allows state tax credits for private schooling. The court’s 5-4 ruling, written by Chief Justice John Roberts with conservatives in the majority, came in a dispute over a Montana scholarship program for private K-12 education that also makes donors eligible for up to $150 in state tax credits. The Legislature created the tax cred...
Tags: Business, News, Supreme Court, Montana, Washington, Religion, Uncategorized, Sport, Ap, Soccer, Missouri, Catholic, Trump, Mark Sherman, Sonia Sotomayor, John Roberts


High Court to decide if police can enter your home and steal from you

Everyone knows stealing is wrong. It’s one of the few moral principles observed across cultures and history. It’s so deeply ingrained that our children often know not to steal by the time they enter kindergarten. So, you’d think police would know too. But according to the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, you’d be wrong. Applying a judge-made doctrine called “qualified immunity,” the court held that California police who stand accused of stealing $225,000 cannot be sued because they never were ...
Tags: Sixth Circuit, Supreme Court, California, Opinion, Fresno, Sport, Soccer, United States, Kamala Harris, U S Supreme Court, Institute for Justice, 9th U S Circuit Court of Appeals, Ninth Circuit, LA County, Micah, Jessop


After Seven Years And A US Supreme Court Victory, Tyson Timbs Is On Step Closer To Finally Getting His Car Back (techdirt)

Tyson Timbs went all the way to the US Supreme Court to get his forfeited Land Rover returned to him. Represented by the Institute for Justice, Timbs took his case through every level of the Indiana court system before finding relief in the nation's top court. Seven years after his vehicle was seized during his arrest for heroin dealing, he's still waiting for the cops to return his car. The Supreme Court said the seizure of a $42,000 vehicle over a crime with a maximum possible fine of $10,00...
Tags: News, Supreme Court, Indiana, Land Rover, US supreme court, State, Todd, Hill, Institute for Justice, Grant County, Indiana Supreme Court, Tim Cushing, Indiana Department of Corrections, Gorsuch, Grant County Court, Timbs


Thursday round-up

At the Washington Legal Foundation’s Legal Pulse blog, Lawrence Ebner wonders, “given the unusual alignment of Justices” in Ramos v. Louisiana, in which a fractured court ruled on Monday that the Constitution requires a unanimous jury verdict in state criminal trials, “whether the Court’s application of stare decisis is truly principled, or whether it is just a case-by-case, result-driven expedient for saving or ditching a controversial, and even wrongly decided, precedent.” At the Clause 40 Fou...
Tags: Supreme Court, Law, Washington Post, Washington, Court, Bloomberg, Ap, Atlantic, Wisconsin, Louisiana, Oklahoma, DOE, Republican National Committee, Round-up, Foundation, Mark Sherman


First Amendment might not let Mississippi licensing board go after online map service

From Institute for Justice’s “Short Circuit”: “Using publicly available descriptions of property boundaries, startup company draws lines on satellite photos, which helps its customers, community banks, visualize their property assets and identify issues (such as a property’s legal description not describing a completed shape). Mississippi regulators: That is the unlicensed practice of surveying, a civil and criminal offense. : There is no occupational speech exception to the First Amendment. Th...
Tags: Mississippi, Law, Uncategorized, First Amendment, Board, Institute for Justice, Occupational Licensure, Institute for Justice s Short Circuit, Becerra The Supreme Court, NIFLA, Google Maps Zillow


Man who was fined $500 for criticizing traffic light timing gets his idea adopted by Institute of Transportation Engineers

In 2013 Mats Järlström's wife got a red light camera ticket at an intersection in Oregon. Järlström, an electrical engineer by training, investigated the formula used to time yellow lights. Järlström found flaws with the formula and e-mailed the Oregon State Board of Examiners for Engineering and Land Surveying to let them know. Here's what happened next, according to the Institute for Justice: The Board told Mats it had no interest in hearing about his ideas. Fair enough. But the Board didn’...
Tags: Post, News, Oregon, Traffic, Free Speech, Board, Institute, Institute for Justice, The Board, Mats, Jarlstrom, Institute for Justice Järlström, Institute of Transportation Engineers, Oregon State Board of Examiners for Engineering, Institute of Transportation Engineers ITE


Oregon Engineer Proved Right About Traffic Lights (slashdot)

"Mats Järlström's emotions were clearly visible Friday morning. After years of arguing red light traffic cameras are flawed, the official Journal of the Institute of Transportation Engineers said he was right," reports a local news station in Portland, Oregon: The ITE sets traffic policy recommendations for the United States — and they said cities should be using his formula. "It is a big deal," Järlström told KOIN 6 News. "It's the top." Six years ago he tried to tell the Beaverton City Counci...
Tags: News, Oregon, United States, Portland Oregon, Institute for Justice, KOIN, EditorDavid, Jarlstrom, Mats Jarlstrom, Institute of Transportation Engineers, Beaverton City Council, Oregon Engineer Proved Right About Traffic Lights


Oregon Engineer Proved Right About Traffic Lights

"Mats Järlström's emotions were clearly visible Friday morning. After years of arguing red light traffic cameras are flawed, the official Journal of the Institute of Transportation Engineers said he was right," reports a local news station in Portland, Oregon: The ITE sets traffic policy recommendations for the United States — and they said cities should be using his formula. "It is a big deal," Järlström told KOIN 6 News. "It's the top." Six years ago he tried to tell the Beaverton City Counci...
Tags: Oregon, Tech, United States, Portland Oregon, Institute for Justice, KOIN, Institute of Transportation Engineers, Beaverton City Council, Oregon Engineer Proved Right About Traffic Lights


Elon Musk dreams of building a Mars spaceport in South Texas. A few scrappy homeowners may stand in SpaceX's way.

About a dozen homeowners in South Texas' Boca Chica Village neighborhood have not sold their properties to SpaceX to make way for a planned Starship spaceport. SpaceX and a real-estate firm it hired have told residents they could be removed — and for far less money — through an eminent-domain process started by Cameron County. However, one homeowner told Business Insider that she and her husband would not sell to SpaceX, and they apparently aren't alone. Meanwhile, the Institute for Justice, a...
Tags: Spacex, Elon Musk, Texas, US, Trends, Tesla, Earth, Atlantic, Washington Dc, Port Of Los Angeles, Social Security, Michigan, Mars, Johnson, Faa, Maria


How a few scrappy homeowners may stand between Elon Musk and his dream of a Mars spaceport in South Texas

About a dozen homeowners in South Texas' Boca Chica Village neighborhood have not sold their properties to SpaceX to make way for a planned Starship spaceport. SpaceX and a real-estate firm it hired have told residents they could be removed — and for far less money — through an eminent-domain process started by Cameron County. However, one homeowner told Business Insider that she and her husband would not sell to SpaceX, and they apparently aren't alone. Meanwhile, the Institute for Justice, a...
Tags: Spacex, Elon Musk, Texas, US, Trends, Tesla, Earth, Atlantic, Washington Dc, Port Of Los Angeles, Social Security, Michigan, Mars, Johnson, Faa, Maria


LAST TOWN BEFORE MARS: A senior executive at SpaceX is going door-to-door in South Texas to convince people to move out of the rocket company's planned Mars spaceport

SpaceX, the rocket company founded by Elon Musk, is trying to build a private spaceport in Boca Chica at the southern tip of Texas and one day launch missions to Mars from the site using a system called Starship. But first, the company is trying to buy out a nearby neighborhood of retiree-age residents called Boca Chica Village to make the launch site safer and easier to use.  A senior executive at SpaceX is visiting holdout homeowners in person to try and convince them to sell to the rocket c...
Tags: Spacex, Elon Musk, Texas, California, Trends, Nasa, Rick Perry, Mars, Johnson, Maria, US supreme court, Musk, Falcon Heavy, Falcon, Business Insider, Ray


Michigan County Sued For Stealing Cars From Innocent Car Owners Via Civil Forfeiture (techdirt)

A 1996 decision by the Michigan Supreme Court set the precedent for the widespread abuse of civil asset forfeiture in the state. The ruling said being an innocent owner of property seized is no defense and any forfeiture predicated on the illegal acts of others could result in the actual owner being deprived of property without violating their Constitutional rights. The state's law enforcement agencies took this ruling and ran with it. To ensure minimum legal hassle, cops are "fighting" crime ...
Tags: Home Depot, News, Detroit, Robert, Reeves, Michigan Supreme Court, Institute for Justice, Wayne County, Melisa, Ingram, Tim Cushing, Reeve, Michigan County, Melisa Ingram, Ford Fusion Ingram, Robert -LSB- Reeves


The Supreme Court’s Collapsing Center on Religion

A case over vouchers threatens to breach the wall separating church and state.
Tags: News, Montana, United States, Vouchers, Tax credits, Discrimination, Tuition, Freedom Of Religion, Elena, Institute for Justice, Kagan, Kavanaugh, Roman Catholic Church, Gorsuch, Education (K-12, Supreme Court (US


Espinoza v. Montana can reverse 150 years of anti-Catholic prejudice

Espinoza v. Montana can reverse 150 years of anti-Catholic prejudice Cultural critics, in politics and academia, insist that the United States must atone for its shameful history of discrimination against minorities. Thankfully, the Supreme Court’s Espinoza case gives our justices the opportunity to do just that: to strike down antiquated, counterproductive, and discriminatory laws disfavoring religious schools and paving the way for greater school choice. ...
Tags: Supreme Court, Montana, Senate, Religion, America, United States, House, Vatican, Catholic, Cleveland, North Carolina, Irs, Harper, Lemon, Trump, Lee


Supreme Court Asked To Tell Cops That Consenting To A Search Is Not Consenting To Having Your Home Destroyed (techdirt)

Five years ago, an Idaho police department destroyed a woman's house to end a standoff with her dog. The Caldwell PD -- after having been given permission (along with a house key) to enter the home to see if a suspect was in the home -- decided this meant the Shaniz West had given them permission to fire grenade after tear gas grenade into the house before sending in the SWAT team to confront the family dog. Exhibit A: Shaniz West sued, stating that this 10-hour "standoff" that rendered...
Tags: News, Supreme Court, West, Idaho, Appeals Court, Institute for Justice, Tim Cushing, Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals, Jimeno, Shaniz West, Winefield


The high cost of beating City Hall in California

Ron Mugar celebrated when he fought City Hall and won. Then came a bill for $60,000 in attorney fees from the same government that tried to take his home in Norco, a horse-friendly community outside Los Angeles. “At first I thought it was a mistake,” says Mugar, a retired graphic artist. “Why should I have to pay for defending myself against an illegal attempt to take my property?” Such abuse is not supposed to happen in California. Lawmakers passed reforms in September 2018, ending a scheme tha...
Tags: California, Opinion, Los Angeles, Sport, Soccer, Coachella, City Hall, Institute for Justice, Indio, Norco, UTLA, Guest Commentary, Jeffrey Redfern, Mugar, Ron Mugar, Daryl James


DEA, TSA Sued For Stealing 79-Year-Old Man's Life Savings From His Daughter At An Airport (techdirt)

The DEA doesn't really want to stop the flow of drugs into the country. Let's not kid ourselves. Better yet, let's not allow the DEA to kid us it's in the drug enforcement business. It's in the cash business. It wants to seize cash. It is so cash-focused it hires TSA agents to alert the DEA whenever they see cash in people's luggage. It also regularly peruses airplane and railway passenger manifests to find targets it feels might be carrying cash. Forfeiture laws make this easy. They make seiz...
Tags: News, Time, Rebecca, Pennsylvania, Tsa, DEA, Terry, Pittsburgh, Institute for Justice, Permalink, Tim Cushing, Rolin, Terry -LSB- Rolin


Supreme Court Weighs Case Over Religious Schools That Could Upend the Line Between Church and State

U.S. Supreme Court justices heard oral arguments Wednesday in what could become a landmark case over the use of public funds for religious schools, potentially blurring the line between church and state. At issue is the question of whether states with school voucher programs are required to include religiously affiliated schools in those programs. The case, Espinoza v. Montana Department of Revenue, revolves around a 2015 Montana law that offered a tax credit for scholarship donations that ...
Tags: News, Supreme Court, Education, Montana, Court, Uncategorized, Npr, Lgbtq, Trump, U S Supreme Court, American Civil Liberties Union, Institute for Justice, Elena Kagan, Kagan, Trinity Lutheran Church, Kavanaugh


Supreme Court to Hear Case Which Could Make It Easier to Use State Money for Religious Schools

(WASHINGTON) — A Supreme Court that seems more favorable to religion-based discrimination claims is set to hear a case that could make it easier to use public money to pay for religious schooling in many states. The justices will hear arguments Wednesday in a dispute over a Montana scholarship program for private K-12 education that also makes donors eligible for up to $150 in state tax credits. Advocates on both sides say the outcome could be momentous because it could lead to efforts in o...
Tags: News, Supreme Court, Montana, Washington, Virginia, Uncategorized, Missouri, Catholic, Donald Trump, American Federation Of Teachers, Randi Weingarten, Trump, Legislature, Institute for Justice, Kalispell, Kalispell Montana


Other states are looking to reform licensing laws, why not California?

Across the country, occupational licensing reform has been taken up as a long overdue means of spurring economic activity by removing excessive, onerous and unnecessary government barriers to working in certain jobs and fields. We’re waiting on California to follow suit. All too often, occupational licensing serves merely as a protectionist effort by entrenched businesses and workers to limit competition. The economic impacts of this are predictable: higher costs to consumers, less choice and th...
Tags: Florida, Texas, California, Opinion, Sacramento, Sport, Soccer, Editorials, Arizona, Gavin Newsom, Institute for Justice, Golden State, Ron DeSantis, DeSantis, Little Hoover Commission


Law enforcement for profit roundup

“A Louisiana DA will let you out of your community service obligation — if you donate to his nonprofit” [Radley Balko; Calcasieu Parish, La.] New study of law enforcement fines and fees finds they bear more heavily on rural residents and have high costs of collection. Also makes a case for periodic forgiveness of mostly-uncollectible balances of old debt [Matthew Menendez, Michael F. Crowley, Lauren-Brooke Eisen, and Noah Atchison, Brennan Center/Texas Public Policy Foundation/Right on Crime]...
Tags: Taxes, Law, Uncategorized, Georgia, Louisiana, Detroit, Institute for Justice, Luzerne County, Christina Martin, CALEB BROWN, Justin Wilson, Radley Balko, Law Enforcement For Profit, Petty Fines And Fees, Eric Boehm Reason, Luzerne County judicial scandal


Great moments in asset forfeiture law

The Massachusetts House of Representatives last week “approved a bill that would ban flavored e-cigarettes, impose a 75 percent excise tax on ‘electronic nicotine delivery systems’ (including e-liquids as well as devices), and authorize forfeiture of cars driven by vapers caught with ‘untaxed’ products.” The law specifies that the state can seize, resell, and keep the proceeds from a motor vehicle, boat or airplane found to have contained or transported a single untaxed vaping device. “This is c...
Tags: Tobacco, Law, Massachusetts, Uncategorized, Institute for Justice, Massachusetts House of Representatives, Forfeiture, Jacob Sullum Reason, Dan Alban


#PardonMe Mr. Governor, who lied at TDCJ?, a public-safety approach to DWI, and other stories

Let's clear some browser tabs. Here are a few odds and ends that merit Grits readers' attention but haven't yet made it into independent posts: #PardonMe: More Texans should file for clemency There are a lot more types of pardons, commutations, rights restorations, and remissions of fines and forfeitures available through gubernatorial clemency in Texas than I ever understood. See here for the full list and links to application documents. More people should start filing clemency requests! It can...
Tags: Hollywood, Texas, Supreme Court, Law, South Dakota, Reed, Don, Institute for Justice, Huntsville, Harris County, Harris Co, Keith Ellison, Panola County, Gritsforbreakfast, TDCJ, SA Express News