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

Over at the worthy Simple Justice blog, IJ President Scott Bullock expounds on his life (born at Gitmo!) and times (fighting the good fight against eminent domain abuse). Click here to read the interview.
Back in 2010, Philadelphia police caught Elizabeth Young’s adult son selling marijuana. Young, now 71, was never charged with a crime (indeed, she was on bed rest recovering from blood clots at the time of her son’s arrest), but prosecutors moved to forfeit her home and car. Last week, the Pennsylvania Supreme Court ruled that the trial court, which allowed the forfeiture, “did not engage in the probing inquiry necessary before coming to a full and reasoned conclusion.” Young will get a new trial on her two defenses: that the loss of her property would be an unconstitutionally excessive fine and that she did not consent to her son’s activities. Click here to read IJ’s amicus brief, urging the court to consider law enforcement’s incentive to forfeit property (they keep 100 percent of the proceeds).