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Steve Klein serves as attorney and research counsel with the Wyoming Liberty Group and Pillar of Law Institute, focusing on free speech and criminal law.  Steve has co-authored numerous amicus curiae (friend-of-the-court) briefs for state and federal courts in several important free speech cases, advocating in favor of political speech across the country. In 2014, Steve was co-counsel in three successful free speech cases in Wyoming.
In the 2015 Wyoming Legislative Session, Steve lobbied on behalf of reforming the state’s civil asset forfeiture law. 2015 Senate File 14 passed the entire legislature 80-9 before being vetoed by Governor Mead. Steve continues to lobby on behalf of reform in the 2015-16 legislative interim.
Steve holds a bachelors degree in politics from Hillsdale College and a law degree from Ave Maria School of Law, where he served as Managing Editor of the Ave Maria Law Review and President of the Ave Maria Federalist Society. He is licensed to practice law in Illinois and Michigan.

Cheyenne City Council’s Speech Shenanigans

If a Cheyenne resident displays a political sign on his lawn today, months before the next election, he risks a misdemeanor charge and $100 fine. Even during the allowed timeframe, if his lot is less than one acre and he places more than two political signs, this violation might also bring the same charge. Such is the censorship provided in the Cheyenne Unified Development Code (UDC), local law overseen by the Cheyenne City Council. This unconstitutional ordinance cannot stand, and yesterday we filed a lawsuit against the city to overturn it.

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WyLiberty Attorneys sue the City of Cheyenne for Unconstitutional Sign Regulations

CHEYENNE – Wyoming Liberty Group attorneys sued the City of Cheyenne on behalf of resident Ronald Williams in the United States District Court for the District of Wyoming today, challenging provisions of the Cheyenne Unified Development Code (UDC) that restrict political signs on private property as an unconstitutional abridgement of free speech.

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WyLiberty Attorneys File Petition with the United States Supreme Court

CHEYENNE – Wyoming Liberty Group attorneys filed a petition with the United States Supreme Court today, requesting the Court hear an appeal of the case Free Speech v. Federal Election Commission (FEC). Free Speech, a small grassroots group of three Wyomingites, sued the FEC in 2012 for maintaining vague and overbroad regulations that prevent political engagement. The case was dismissed by the Wyoming Federal District Court and the Tenth Circuit Court of Appeals affirmed its ruling.

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Enough with Red-Tape Bushwhacking

Cheyenne attorney Mike Basom recently reported Assistant City Attorney George Tsai to the Wyoming State Bar, alleging that Tsai is unauthorized to practice law in Wyoming. The complaint states that Tsai sent Basom’s client a letter illustrating one of the city’s legal positions and that this represents “direct communication with [his] client,” crossing the boundaries established by the Wyoming Rules of Professional Conduct for attorneys.

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Property Rights in Wyoming Threatened by Civil Forfeiture

Imagine you’re driving along on a Wyoming highway and get pulled over. The Highway Patrol asks to search your car. You don’t like this, but you’ve got nothing to hide so you consent. The troopers find a large sum of cash that you’re transporting and ask why you have so much money. You’ve done nothing wrong or illegal, and by this point are pretty fed up with the inquiry, so you tell the police it’s none of their business. They then seize your money, letting you know you’ll have the chance to reclaim it in court, and let you go.

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Wyoming Laws Threaten Private Property Rights

  • WyLiberty releases report detailing weak protection for private property.
  • Law enforcement should meet higher standards before seizing citizens’ money, cars, firearms or other legally owned property.
  • The state must carefully monitor and provide an accurate accounting of the civil forfeiture process.
  • Wyoming should end or limit participation in federal forfeiture cases.
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Freedom of Religion v. ObamaCare at the Supreme Court

Earlier this month, the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled that the Department of Health and Human Services could not force Freshway Foods to provide insurance that includes contraception coverage to its employees, a requirement under ObamaCare for employers with more than 50 employees. Late this summer, the Tenth Circuit Court of Appeals ruled similarly for the Hobby Lobby Corporation. Both of these companies are owned and operated by people with strong religious beliefs regarding copulation and procreation, prohibiting them from paying for contraceptives (or, in Hobby Lobby’s case, certain kinds of contraceptives) for their employees.

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