A major lawsuit was filed against the city of Atlanta yesterday against an unprecedented government vending monopoly. In the already trying economic climate, Atlanta is stifling economic liberty with its overreaching regulations. Best of luck to the Institute for Justice as they attempt to right this wrong through the judicial system.
To read more, visit the Institute for Justice's full report here.
A libertarian public interest law firm, the Institute for Justice, is taking on the government-protected tour guide monopoly in our nation's capital: Talking without a license is against the law in Washington D.C. and can land you in jail for 90 days. What an affront to the U.S. Constitution and the right to make an honest living!
Did you know police can take your stuff without even arresting -- let alone convicting -- you for a crime, sell it, and keep the money? They can, and it's legal. The practice is called "civil asset forfeiture," and the Institute for Justice is actively litigating against this gross abuse of property rights. IJ describes civil forfeiture this way:
Civil forfeiture laws represent one of the most serious assaults on private property rights in the nation today. With civil forfeiture, police and prosecutors can seize your property and use it to fund their budgets—all without charging you with a crime. Americans are supposed to be innocent until proven guilty, but with civil forfeiture, your property is guilty until you prove it innocent—and law enforcement has a huge incentive to police for profit, not justice.