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How to Beat Legalized Larceny: Government Bullies Empowered by Civil Forfeiture Laws Often Back Down, but Only When Their Victims Can Afford a Fight Nov. 25, 2020

Jacob Sullum

Six months after the Drug Enforcement Administration stole $43,000 from Stacy Jones at a North Carol... Read More

Spying on Journalists Aug. 06, 2020

Judge Andrew P. Napolitano

Last week, this column argued that the only constitutional role for armed federal forces in Portland... Read More

Will SCOTUS Revoke Its License for Police Abuse? This Week the Justices Are Considering 13 Petitions Involving the Pernicious Doctrine of Qualified Immunity May. 13, 2020

Jacob Sullum

Based on an erroneous report of a "domestic assault," police officers came to rescue Melanie Kelsay ... Read More

Police Abuse Breeds Disrespect: Defensive Official Reactions to Corruption Encourage the Attitude That Troubles the Attorney General Mar. 04, 2020

Jacob Sullum

The day before Attorney General William Barr complained about disrespect for the police, Harris Coun... Read More

A Primer on Domestic Spying Feb. 13, 2020

Judge Andrew P. Napolitano

"The Framers ... conferred, as against the Government, the right to be let alone — the most co... Read More

What's Wrong with FISA? Dec. 12, 2019

Judge Andrew P. Napolitano

Congress enacted the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act in 1978 in response to the unlawful surve... Read More

Anatomy of a Drug War Crime: A Deadly Raid Based on a Bogus Tip and a Fraudulent Search Warrant Affidavit Highlights Loose Police Practices in Houston Nov. 27, 2019

Jacob Sullum

Are you confident that police will not break down your door tonight? If so, it's probably because yo... Read More

More Spying and Lying Aug. 22, 2019

Judge Andrew P. Napolitano

While most of us have been thinking about the end of summer and while the political class frets over... Read More

The Costs of Monitoring Your Prescriptions: State Databases That Track Our Medications Invade Privacy Without Reducing Opioid-Related Deaths Jun. 12, 2019

Jacob Sullum

Prescription drug monitoring programs do not seem to be very effective at preventing abuse of opioid... Read More

Can the FBI Investigate the President? Jan. 17, 2019

Judge Andrew P. Napolitano

Last weekend, The New York Times reported that senior FBI officials were so concerned about whatever... Read More

What if the President and the Senate Just Pulled a Fast One? Oct. 11, 2018

Judge Andrew P. Napolitano

What if the whole purpose of an independent judiciary is to be anti-democratic? What if its job is t... Read More

Donald Trump and the Rule of Law Sep. 13, 2018

Judge Andrew P. Napolitano

Last week, The New York Times published a scathing critique of Donald Trump — the man and the ... Read More

Kavanaugh's Soft Spot for Police Abuses Jul. 15, 2018

Steve Chapman

The history of liberty in America features an endless battle over the rights of individuals versus t... Read More

Stopping Drivers Without a Legal Justification Is Unconstitutional, Even in the Name of Young Love Apr. 25, 2018

Jacob Sullum

After a police officer pulls over a teenage girl without any legal justification and frightens her t... Read More

It Can Happen Here Feb. 08, 2018

Judge Andrew P. Napolitano

We remain embroiled in a debate over the nature and extent of our own government's spying on us. The... Read More

Lying, Spying and Hiding Feb. 01, 2018

Judge Andrew P. Napolitano

I have argued for a few weeks now that House Intelligence Committee members have committed misconduc... Read More

A Conspiracy of Silence Assaults Privacy Jan. 25, 2018

Judge Andrew P. Napolitano

During the past three weeks, Congress passed and President Donald Trump signed into law vast new pow... Read More

Did Donald Trump Change His Mind on Domestic Spying? Jan. 18, 2018

Judge Andrew P. Napolitano

Late last week, Rep. Devin Nunes, R-Calif., chairman of the House Permanent Select Committee on Inte... Read More