Contributor, The Volokh Conspiracy

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

Occupational licensing proponents often claim that an occupation is either licensed or is entirely unregulated, leaving consumers in grave peril. It ain’t so. Click here to read an IJ white paper on an array of regulatory and voluntary mechanisms policymakers should consider before imposing — or continuing to impose — licensing.

In March, Wyoming law enforcement took $91,800 from Phil Parhamovich at a roadside stop. Phil was never accused of, or charged with, a crime; they ignored documentation that he earned the money legally; and they didn’t notify him of a court hearing even though they knew where he lived and how to contact him. On Friday morning, Phil and IJ launched a case to get the money back. And on Friday afternoon, a judge ordered the state to do just that — a great outcome for Phil, but one that showcases the need for forfeiture reform for folks whose stories don’t get national media attention. Read more at Vox.