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

Last week, Connecticut became the 14th state to require a criminal conviction before police and prosecutors can forfeit the accused’s property. IJ Communications Associate Nick Sibilla has the story.

In 2013, a tax assessor reassessed 43 homes in a Dover, Wis., subdivision and concluded that four had increased in value, while 39 had declined. What a coinkydink! The four homeowners on the hook for a tax increase had all denied the assessor entry into the interior of their homes; the other 39 had let him in. Worse still, Wisconsin law prohibited homeowners who refuse interior inspections from challenging the resulting assessment — but no more. This month, the Wisconsin Supreme Court ruled (over a dissent) that the state cannot force people to waive their Fourth Amendment right against unreasonable searches if they want to challenge an assessment. Click here to read IJ’s amicus brief urging that result and arguing that warrantless inspections are not necessary to accurately and uniformly assess property taxes.