A $2.1 million penalty for failing to file a form on time reveals the agency’s true nature.
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Should an elderly grandmother be forced to hand over millions of dollars to the government for failing to file a particular form?
Multiple factors contribute to housing shortages, but zoning constraints are mostly to blame.
Zion’s attempts to push out unwanted renters collides with Fourth Amendment protections.
Houston Prosecutors Are Keeping Cash Seized From Defendants Whose Cases Were Compromised by Police Corruption
Even in cases that hinged on the trustworthiness of demonstrably untrustworthy cops, people are still waiting to get their money back.
The Supreme Court's 2018 ruling in Timbs v. Indiana revived the Excessive Fines Clause. Now state courts have to come up with tests to determine what's excessive.
The two fake news organizations want the Supreme Court to review the case of a man who was arrested for making fun of the police.
The Institute for Justice argues evidence from warrantless searches can’t be used for zoning enforcement.
The 6th Circuit ruled that qualified immunity prevented Anthony Novak from vindicating his First Amendment rights.
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She’s asking the Supreme Court to consider whether this seizure is an excessive fine under the Eighth Amendment.
A Florida woman has been threatened with fines for giving tips without the proper occupational licensing.
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Enemies of educational freedom are using inane regulations to target learning pods.
Prosecutors Who Want Credit for Investigating Police Corruption Are Happy To Steal Money From Innocent People
The Harris County, Texas, District Attorney's Office oversees civil forfeitures that make a mockery of justice.
This Alabama Town's Shakedowns Are So Egregious That the Justice Department Is Backing a Suit Against It
Brookside faces several federal challenges for trying to fund its city by ticketing and towing the cars of anybody they can get away with.
The Institute for Justice urges SCOTUS to renounce that open-ended exception to the Fourth Amendment.
The change represents a substantial reversal of civil forfeiture reforms aimed at protecting innocent property owners.
Sheriff Agrees To Stop Stealing Cannabis Cash From Armored Cars, Saying His Deputies 'Are Not Highway Robbers'
The settlement came after the Justice Department agreed to return more than $1 million in proceeds from state-licensed marijuana businesses in California.
The Feds Will Return More Than $1 Million in Marijuana Money That California Cops Stole From Armored Cars
Empyreal Logistics agreed to drop its claims against the Justice Department, but it is still suing San Bernardino County Sheriff Shannon Dicus.
The officer used a "pain compliance maneuver" to force information from the boy's sister, who was recording the encounter.
A California Sheriff Remains Free To Rob Armored Cars Carrying Money From State-Licensed Marijuana Businesses
A federal judge declined to issue a temporary restraining order, saying the evidence of legal violations is insufficient at this point.
The city's restrictions threaten one of the world's most vibrant music scenes.
Kansas and California Cops Used Civil Forfeiture to Stage Armored Car Heists, Stealing Money Earned by Licensed Marijuana Businesses
The Institute for Justice argues that the seizures violated state law, federal law, and the U.S. Constitution.
Cops Held Two Innocent Boys at Gunpoint, Forced Them to Lie on the Ground, Handcuffed Them, and Searched Them. That's Fine, the 8th Circuit Said.
The Institute for Justice wants the Supreme Court to review the case—and to clarify the proper scope of "investigatory stops."
Regulators insist Fourth Amendment protections don’t apply to administrative searches.
Malinda Harris’ ordeal shows how easily the government can take innocent people’s property under civil forfeiture laws.
Keddins Etienne's experience shows that bullies who seize innocent people's property tend to back down when their victims put up a fight.
In a New Survey, Victims of Philadelphia's Forfeiture Racket Highlight the Hazards of Giving Cops a License To Steal
"What they're doing is like robbery," observed one property owner.
Residents say their cars were improperly ticketed, then impounded and scrapped after they couldn't pay off their debts soon enough.
Free speech and occupational licensing collide.
A homeless man’s truck was impounded in Seattle and he couldn’t afford the costs to get it back. That’s unconstitutional, justices rule.
A Massachusetts Commission Recommends Long-Overdue Reforms to the 'Worst Civil Forfeiture Laws in the Country'
The commission says the legislature should raise the standard of proof and remove the financial incentive that encourages cops and prosecutors to pursue profit instead of public safety.
Sandy Martinez is challenging the exorbitant penalty for driveway cracks, a storm-damaged fence, and cars parked in an "unapproved" manner on her own property.
The question of proportionality assumes that punishment is appropriate for peaceful conduct that violates no one's rights.
Indiana Said the Government Should Be Able To Take Everything You Own if You Commit a Drug Crime. The State Supreme Court Wasn't Having It.
After eight years, Tyson Timbs finally gets to keep his Land Rover—once and for all.
The FBI Took Their Safe Deposit Box and Everything Inside It. Two Months Later, They're Still Waiting for It To Be Returned.
"When you've done nothing wrong, you shouldn't be subjected to an investigation," says Paul Snitko, whose box was seized in a March 22 FBI raid of a Beverly Hills business.
Government officials who wield land grabs to pick economic winners and losers now want to use them to kill disfavored businesses.
Arizona passed a law raising the standard of evidence for asset forfeiture. That didn't help Jerry Johnson when Phoenix police seized his cash.
Predictive policing lets authorities add a science-y gloss to hammering people who rub them the wrong way.
Sandy Martinez says that fine, along with another $63,500 for driveway cracks and a downed fence, violates Florida's constitution.
Civil forfeiture reform failed last year. But now more legislators are on board.
SCOTUS Rules Against an Innocent Man Who Was Choked and Beaten by Cops, but He May Still Get His Day in Court
The justices did not address one of James King's key arguments, which the 6th Circuit will now consider.
A new study provides further evidence that property seizures are driven by financial motives rather than public safety concerns.
The Institute for Justice wants the Supreme Court to rule that the Fifth Amendment requires a prompt post-seizure hearing.