One difficulty with litigating civil forfeiture is that the government can return seized property and render cases moot before courts render a definitive judgment. So, argues IJ Attorney Anya Bidwell in the Texas Tribune
, reform should involve state and federal legislators.
Heather Kokesch Del Castillo is a privately certified health coach who ran a successful business, creating individualized diet and exercise plans for her clients, until last May. But Florida regulators (tipped off by a local dietician) threatened her with a year in jail — per customer — unless she gets a license. Licensing is especially burdensome for military spouses such as Heather; there’s no guarantee she’d even still be in Florida by the time she finished the schooling necessary to get the license. Last week, she filed a First Amendment challenge, arguing that Florida officials have no business forbidding her from speaking to paying customers. Read more about the case here