About Jonathan Wood

Jonathan Wood is a Fellow in the College of Public Interest Law and works primarily in Property Rights and Environmental Regulations.

Can constitutional rights be destroyed by desuetude?

Earlier this month, the Second Circuit rejected a Takings Clause challenge to a New York statute that, by increasing the state’s homestead exemption, destroyed a lien holder’s property interest. Rather than resolving what sort of property interest the lien was … Continue reading

PLF’s Jonathan Wood will be on Georgia and California radio tomorrow discussing school choice

Tomorrow morning, I’ll be joining the Athens Morning News with Martha Zoller and Tim Bryant at 8:35 eastern (5:35 pacific). We’ll be discussing why school choice benefits students, parents, and taxpayers. The program will air on WGAU 1340 in Athens … Continue reading

PLF defends property owners’ rights from bureaucratic abuse

In 2010, the Alameda County Grand Jury sharply condemned Oakland’s Building Services Division — which enforces building code violations — concluding that it had created an “atmosphere of hostility and intimidation towards property owners.” In the four years since, little … Continue reading

PLF defends school choice in Alabama

PLF has filed anĀ amicus brief in the Alabama Supreme Court defending the constitutionality of school choice in the Heart of Dixie. The Alabama Accountability Act creates a system of tax credits to help parents transfer their kids from failing public … Continue reading

Mixed week for liberty in the taxi industry

Congratulations to our friends at the Institute for Justice who, due to a legal victory last year, saw Milwaukee eliminate its cap on the number of taxi licenses available. As Reason reports, this has an incredibly significant impact on the … Continue reading

Delta smelt rehearing denied

This morning, the Ninth Circuit denied a rehearing before the entire court, leaving March’s panel decision in place. The denial sets the case up for a petition to the U.S. Supreme Court. LongtimeĀ Liberty Blog readers will recall that PLF previously … Continue reading

Government impounds car for giving free rides to cancer patients

The government’s protection of the taxi cartel has always been reprehensible. State and local governments bar entry into this industry in order to drive up prices and protect existing taxi companies from competition. As a consequence, entrepreneurs, particularly immigrant entrepreneurs, … Continue reading