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VICTORY: IJ Wins Unanimous U.S. Supreme Court Decision

By Wesley Hottot In a historic decision that will have a lasting impact for liberty, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled 9–0 in IJ’s favor that the Eighth Amendment’s Excessive Fines Clause applies to state and local authorities. In Timbs v. Indiana, the Court deemed “overwhelming” IJ’s evidence that legal protections against excessive fines and forfeitures…

Engineering Some Much-Needed Justice in Oregon

By Sam Gedge Liberty & Law readers will recall the outrageous case of red light camera critic Mats Järlström. Mats—a Swedish immigrant and longtime Oregon resident—made national headlines in 2017 after Oregon’s engineer licensing board fined him for writing about traffic lights and for calling himself, truthfully, an “engineer.” For many people, Mats’ story displayed…

IJ and Cato Team Up to Challenge Government Gag Orders

By Robert McNamara The Cato Institute, like any think tank, publishes a lot of books. And publishing books comes with challenges: Sometimes authors are late with revisions, and sometimes people disagree about the cover design. But this year, Cato came across a publishing problem it had never seen before: The book it wanted to publish…

Educational Choice Secured in the Sunshine State

By Ari Bargil IJ started off 2019 with a big win for educational choice. After years of litigation, we secured a ruling that, once and for all, preserves Florida’s two most popular school choice programs: the McKay Scholarship Program for Students with Disabilities and the Florida Tax Credit (FTC) Scholarship Program. We became involved in…

Continuing the Fight for Educational Choice in Montana at the U.S. Supreme Court

In December, Montana’s Supreme Court became the first state supreme court in the country to strike down a tax-credit scholarship program. The court ruled 5–2 that the program violates the Montana Constitution’s Blaine Amendment, reversing IJ’s lower court victory in the process. But there’s a big silver lining in this loss: The decision positions IJ…

Victory for Atlantic City Piano Man

By Dan Alban For five years, IJ has been fighting an eminent domain battle on behalf of Atlantic City piano tuner Charlie Birnbaum. As loyal readers of Liberty & Law will recall, a New Jersey state agency called the Casino Reinvestment Development Authority has been trying to take the home Charlie’s parents first purchased in…

Bringing Justice to Policing for Profit Victims in California

By Jeffrey Redfern Residents of Indio, California, are finally free from the city’s tyrannical “for-profit prosecution” scheme thanks to IJ’s recent victory on behalf of individuals like our client Ramona Morales. Ramona is a landlord and retired housekeeper who was criminally prosecuted by Indio because one of her tenants was keeping chickens illegally. Ramona pleaded…

Serving Families—and Serving Up Fun: IJ Invests in D.C. Educational Choice

By Christina Walsh In January, during National School Choice Week, IJ celebrated the 15th anniversary of the D.C. Opportunity Scholarship Program (OSP) at our annual D.C. Winter Carnival. Nearly 1,400 parents and children attended, doubling last year’s turnout and making it the most widely attended event in IJ’s history. At the carnival, children played games,…

The Long and Winding Road to Legal Victory

By Dana Berliner IJ knows all about litigating economic liberty, property rights, free speech, and educational choice cases. But readers of Liberty & Law may not know that IJ has also developed significant expertise in arcane issues of legal procedure. Because our cases go to the heart of government power, we find that our opponents…

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