Contributor, The Volokh Conspiracy

(Here is the latest edition of the Institute for Justice’s weekly Short Circuit newsletter, written by John Ross.)

If the meaning of the Constitution is uncertain (or obscured by bad precedent) on a given question, how should an originalist proceed? A recent D.C. Circuit opinion on the CFPB’s sole director points the way, writes Evan Bernick of the Center for Judicial Engagement. Click here to read.

This week on the podcast: due process on campus, elephant trophies, drug forfeiture, and puppycide most foul.

Eight months after seizing Arlene Harjo’s car, Albuquerque, N.M. officials returned it this week, purportedly (and despite previous assurances to the contrary) because the police stop that led to the seizure occurred outside city limits. Arlene is challenging Albuquerque’s abusive forfeiture practices, which have persisted even after state legislators passed a law requiring a conviction before officials can forfeit property. (Arlene has never been charged with a crime.) Despite the return of the car, her challenge to the system will go forward. Read more here.