Wyoming Liberty Group
CHEYENNE – The Wyoming House of Representatives passed Senate File 14 today with a vote of 54-6, which follows the Senate’s passing vote of 26-3 (1 excused) on January 23. The bill would amend the Wyoming Controlled Substances Act to end the practice of civil forfeiture by requiring an individual to be convicted of a drug felony before the state can permanently confiscate property.
CHEYENNE – Wyoming Liberty Group attorneys Benjamin Barr and Steve Klein filed an amicus curiae (friend-of-the-court) brief in the Texas Fifth Court of Appeals at Dallas, arguing that a political contributor’s convictions for organized crime, bribery and money laundering for campaign finance violations unconstitutionally abridge his First Amendment rights.
In 2007, David and Stacy Cary broke several campaign finance laws under the Texas Election Code, indirectly contributing excessive funds to a judicial candidate. The candidate won the election handily, but was then indicted along with the Carys.
CHEYENNE – The Texas Court of Criminal Appeals ruled in Texas v. DeLay today that evidence used to convict former House Majority Leader Tom DeLay of money laundering and conspiracy in 2010 was insufficient, affirming an earlier appeal that overturned DeLay’s verdict. The court’s opinion reaffirms arguments made by Wyoming Liberty Group attorneys Benjamin Barr and Steve Klein in friend-of-the-court briefs filed in both appeals.
CHEYENNE – WyLiberty attorney Steve Klein submitted comments in a memorandum to the Wyoming Department of Administration and Information (“A&I”) today, discussing constitutional problems with two proposed changes to the State of Wyoming Personnel Rules. The memo argues that these provisions are vague and overbroad, and threaten the free speech and association of applicants for state employment.
LARAMIE – The Joint Judiciary Committee of the Wyoming Legislature voted to sponsor a bill that would substantially amend the Wyoming Controlled Substances Act today, by a vote of 12-1 (1 excused). The bill would eliminate the practice of “civil forfeiture” in Wyoming, which allows police to seize, and the attorney general to permanently deprive owners of, property that is allegedly related to the drug trade.
CHEYENNE – The Wyoming Liberty Group published its latest Liberty Brief today, “Downing the Drones? Limiting Law Enforcement Use of Unmanned Aerial Surveillance in Wyoming.” The brief, authored by WyLiberty staff attorney Steve Klein, discusses current protections against drone surveillance and suggest reforms that the Wyoming Legislature may adopt into state law.
LARAMIE — The Laramie City Council adopted an ordinance last night removing the unconstitutional time limitations imposed by the Laramie Unified Development Code on political signs following an accelerated review process that began with a June 30 notice to Laramie City Officials from WyLiberty staff attorney Boyd Wiggam identifying constitutional violations in the City’s sign regulations.