A divided Wisconsin Supreme Court ruled Friday that a police officer knocking on the window of a car does not by itself violate a person's constitutional right against unreasonable seizures.Read More »
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A judge’s decision not to allow a defendant to testify at her own trial can be considered a harmless error that would not have affected the outcome, the Wisconsin Supreme Court ruled Wednesday.Read More »
Summer. It’s the perfect time to take a break from reading opinions, statutes and codes, horn books and the ever-popular correspondence from opposing counsel expressing consternation at your client’s actions/position.Read More »
At least two state Supreme Court justices continue to show concern about the application of a newly-passed rule designed to give judges a roadmap on how to deal with pro se litigants in court.Read More »
Concerned by studies and articles that, she said, seemed to infer judges were sentencing black defendants more harshly than their white counterparts, Wisconsin Supreme Court Justice Pat Roggensack is paying thousands of dollars of her own money to research the potential disparity.Read More »
The Wisconsin Supreme Court should stay out of a dispute over subpoenas in a secret investigation into possible illegal coordination between conservative organizations and recent recall campaigns, a liberal group said Monday.Read More »
Access to Justice Commission President Gregg Moore made it clear Friday that the commission’s continued operation hinges on state money to pay for it.Read More »
Wisconsin Supreme Court justices expressed concern Friday that a rules petition pertaining to limited-scope representation would allow judges to keep attorneys on cases far longer than the attorney had agreed.
Tagged with: Access to Justice Commission David Prosser Diane Diel John Anderson Legal Aid Society of Milwaukee limited-scope representation Michael Gableman Mike Dwyer Pat Roggensack Shirley Abrahmason Tom Cannon Wisconsin Supreme CourtRead More »
Oral arguments Tuesday for a case challenging the state’s voter ID laws saw at least one Wisconsin Supreme Court justice invoking restrictive laws historically used to block blacks from participating in elections.Read More »
At least one justice expressed skepticism Monday about a proposed state Supreme Court rule change that seeks to give judges guidance on how to handle pro se litigants.Read More »
Despite a sometimes-heated conversation that lasted more than two hours, Wisconsin justices approved a change to their rules Wednesday that aims to keep the state Supreme Court better informed during the state courts’ budget drafting process.Read More »
The open rules conferences that the Wisconsin Supreme Court holds are continually proving to be a time where the power struggle between two factions that divide the court get to air their grievances in public.Read More »
At least two justices on the state's Supreme Court have lobbied Senators in favor of a bill that would change the way the title of chief justice is bestowed in Wisconsin.Read More »
The Wisconsin Supreme Court ruled 5-2 Thursday to void a Dane County judge’s contempt order that would have prevented recertification elections for public school unions from taking place this year.Read More »
Republicans in the Wisconsin Senate approved a proposal Tuesday to amend the state constitution to allow state Supreme Court Justices to elect their chief every two years.Read More »
Gov. Scott Walker's appointee to the board that oversees elections in Wisconsin told members of the state Senate Elections committee on Tuesday that impartiality on the panel is an "absolute necessity."Read More »
A proposal to greatly reduce the number of referees handling attorney disciplinary cases sparked a larger debate Friday about the state of Office of Lawyer Regulation proceedings in Wisconsin.Read More »
Even though independent groups spent $1.2 million on the spring’s Supreme Court election, the contest was one of the cheapest in recent years.Read More »
Recent proposals to limit or abolish state Supreme Court elections attempt to remedy public perception that the high court is a political hotbed.
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Former Wisconsin Supreme Court candidate Linda Clifford had a target on her back from the early days of her 2007 campaign.
Tagged with: Annette Ziegler Ed Fallone Joe Troy Linda Clifford Mike McCabe Pat Roggensack politics Property Casualty Insurers Association of America State Bar U.S. Supreme Court Wisconsin Supreme CourtRead More »
After 5-½ years of legal battles, Mark Showers has a state Supreme Court opinion supporting his argument that contractors should not have lawsuit immunity simply because they are working on public projects.Read More »
A divided Wisconsin Supreme Court on Tuesday ruled against the state Department of Natural Resources in a case that could set a precedent for how much power the DNR has over setting water levels on lakes affected by dams.Read More »
A divided Wisconsin Supreme Court decided Wednesday not to rule on whether minors should be allowed to make their own medical decisions in a case involving a 15-year-old Jehovah's Witness who refused potentially life-saving blood transfusions.Read More »
The Wisconsin Supreme Court has voted to accept three new cases, including one that involves a recent candidate for the bench, but will not review a dispute between two Milwaukee personal injury firms.
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