The Bill of Rights Turns 230, and What Do We Have to Show for It? Nothing Good

By John W. Whitehead September 10, 2019 “That was when they suspended the Constitution. They said it would be temporary. There wasn’t even any rioting in the streets. People stayed home at night, watching television, looking for some direction. There wasn’t even an enemy you could put your finger on.”—Margaret Atwood, The Handmaid’s Tale It’s been … More The Bill of Rights Turns 230, and What Do We Have to Show for It? Nothing Good

Victory: Unanimous Supreme Court Limits State Power to Levy Fines, Seize Property, Abuse Asset Forfeiture Laws Under Eighth Amendment

February 20, 2019 DOCUMENTS The Supreme Court’s opinion in Timbs v. State of Indiana The Rutherford Institute’s amicus brief in Timbs v. State of Indiana WASHINGTON, DC — In a unanimous ruling that is expected to curb attempts by local and state governments to increase their revenue by seizing private property using excessive, arbitrary asset forfeiture laws, a unanimous … More Victory: Unanimous Supreme Court Limits State Power to Levy Fines, Seize Property, Abuse Asset Forfeiture Laws Under Eighth Amendment

Charged a Fee for Getting Arrested, Whether Guilty or Not

The Supreme Court will consider whether to take up a case from Minnesota surrounding the collection of “booking fees.” AL DRAGO / THE NEW YORK TIMES DECEMBER 26, 2016 By ADAM LIPTAK WASHINGTON — Corey Statham had $46 in his pockets when he was arrested in Ramsey County, Minn., and charged with disorderly conduct. He … More Charged a Fee for Getting Arrested, Whether Guilty or Not

Woman Locked Up For 49 Days Without Bail Because of a Bureaucratic Mistake

A bureaucratic nightmare takes a mother away from her young child for almost two months. Dec 20, 2016 by Anthony L. Fisher A Chicago-area woman—the mother of a six-year-old boy—was locked up for 49 days because of a series of miscommunications between several law enforcement agencies and the Cook County State’s Attorney’s office, CBS News reports. … More Woman Locked Up For 49 Days Without Bail Because of a Bureaucratic Mistake