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

This term, the Supreme Court can — and should — strike down Missouri’s Blaine Amendment, argues IJ litigator Erica Smith. Many states enacted Blaine Amendments in the 1800s to discriminate against Catholics, and today they remain the biggest legal obstacle to school choice. Click here for more.

Every year, law enforcement agencies forfeit billions of dollars in cash, cars, homes, and other property — often without securing a criminal conviction. How often? And what do agencies spend the money on? In a new report, IJ grades the states and the federal government on the transparency and accountability of their forfeiture programs. Click here to read the report. Separately, we’re also suing two federal agencies that refused to turn over forfeiture data as required by the Freedom of Information Act. More on that here.