Wyoming Liberty Group
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
- 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.
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.