Following Federal Lawsuit, Richland, Wa. Drops Unconstitutional Street-Fees Law

Following a federal lawsuit brought by the Institute for Justice, the City of Richland has ended its practice of unconstitutionally forcing homeowners to upgrade city streets as a condition of obtaining a building permit. As a result of that change, Linda Cameron is free to renovate her Richland home without first paying upwards of $60,000 to upgrade an adjacent city street. “It is a shame that it took a federal lawsuit for the city to recognize that it was violating its citizen’s constitutional rights,” said IJ Senior Attorney Paul Avelar. “But with this change, Linda and other homeowners...

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Kansas Troopers Seize Over $30,000 From Couple, Didn’t Charge Them With Any Crime

A Nevadan couple is fighting back after law enforcement in Kansas seized $32,100 in cash. Back in March, Salvador Franco and his girlfriend, Liliana Ramirez, were driving along I-70 after having just decided not to buy a truck in cash. While stopped at a gas station, a Kansas Highway Patrol Trooper confronted Franco for not having a front license plate, though that is not illegal in Kansas. When Franco refused to consent to a search, the officer detained him and called for a drug dog, even though the Supreme Court has ruled that police cannot extend a routine traffic stop to bring a drug dog...

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