Contributor, The Volokh Conspiracy

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

In a major win for the presumption of innocence, the U.S. Supreme Court recently ruled that a state “may not presume a person, adjudged guilty of no crime, nonetheless guilty enough for monetary exactions.” Over at, IJ Communications Associate Nick Sibilla explains why the High Court’s decision in Nelson v. Colorado “may set an important precedent to rein in another abusive civil proceeding: civil forfeiture.” Read the whole piece here. And click here to read IJ’s amicus brief for the case.

Last week, Indiana became the 22nd state to let natural hair braiders work without a costly permission slip from the government. Even though natural hair braiding is, well, natural, the Hoosier State previously forced braiders to comply with the state’s tangled mess of cosmetology licensing laws. In an editorial, the Wall Street Journal praised Indiana for eliminating “a major barrier to economic opportunity.” Click here to read more about the braiding bill from IJ.