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Power Trip

Yet another group of officious intermeddlers has decided that it has the responsibility to decide what information Wisconsin’s citizens may be permitted to hear during elections. This time it is the Government Accountability Board. http://www.madison.com/wsj/home/local/278844I wish I could agree with the critics that this board has overstepped its authority. Unfortunately, I think the Legislature has ... Subscribe Login Digital and ...

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Membership in political parties is no big deal

Should judges and judicial candidates be allowed to be members of political parties?Milwaukee County Circuit Court Judge John Siefert is currently suing the State for the right to be a member of the Democratic Party.I’m not an expert, but I think he will ultimately win. And I don’t think that’s a bad thing.In many other ... Subscribe Login Digital and ...

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Federal corporate law would be folly

Apparently, there are some misguided folks out there who would like to enact a federal corporate law that would displace the various state laws. Needless to say, folks in Delaware are not too pleased. Actually, I think it would be a wonderful idea… provided, of course, that Congress promptly delegated all authority under their newly ... Subscribe Login Digital and ...

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Amendment limits ability to get federal judges as speakers

One of Wisconsin’s U.S. senators, Russell Feingold, is engaged in a mission that borders on demagoguery. Feingold has managed to amend the long-overdue pay raise for federal judges, to include a prohibition on federal judges receiving more than $2,000 in compensation or reimbursement for speaking or attending educational programs, unless it is sponsored by the ... Subscribe Login Digital and ...

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Planned Parenthood release misleads about Wisconsin law

Planned Parenthood Advocates of Wisconsin is currently distributing a misleading press release concerning the Wisconsin Statutes.The release states, “Wisconsin also has a Criminal Abortion Statute (Wis. Stat. § 940.04) remaining on its books. If Roe v. Wade were to be overturned under a McCain Administration, Wisconsin physicians who perform abortions could be charged with a ... Subscribe Login Digital and ...

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State Jury Instructions Should Be Free

It seems to me that standard jury instructions should be free of charge, available on the Internet, and neither private parties nor non-profit groups should be able to copyright them and charge for them. The Seventh Circuit’s instructions are available for free on the Internet; why not Wisconsin’s? I’m no expert in copyright law, so ... Subscribe Login Digital and ...

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Eliminating judicial elections is not the answer

An opinion piece by the Wisconsin State Journal’s editorial board, which ran Jan. 12, proposes getting rid of judicial elections, in favor of selection by a “non-partisan committee” that would forward several names to the governor based on “merit.” The only reason the board gives is that this would remove the influence of money ... Subscribe Login Digital and mobile ...

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Isn’t it ironic?

The State Bar has launched what it claims is a “bi-partisan” Wisconsin Judicial Campaign Integrity Committee.Some of its purposes are laudable: educating the public on the difference between judicial and other elections.Others are more dubious: “The Committee may ask a candidate to withdraw any non-compliant judicial campaign materials (if controlled by the candidate) or it ... Subscribe Login Digital and ...

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I stand with the private bar

I share the motivations behind AB576, which would make more persons eligible for representation by the State Public Defender.In order to qualify today, a person must be poor enough to have qualified for AFDC, in 1987. Needless to say, many poor people, who cannot possibly afford representation on their own, fail to qualify under that ... Subscribe Login Digital and ...

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Is state funding for indigents in civil cases constitutional?

The recently enacted state budget includes $1 million for the Wisconsin Trust Account Foundation Inc. (WisTAF), which will make grants to programs that provide civil legal services to indigent persons. Assuming that such a grant is a “good thing,” as the State Bar of Wisconsin calls it, what clause in the State Constitution authorizes ... Subscribe Login Digital and mobile ...

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Bar should not limit ability to seek presidency

The State Bar of Wisconsin currently rotates its president-elect among three areas: Milwaukee; Madison; and out-state. Each year, it selects two candidates from one of the three regions, and the membership votes.However, any member of the bar can run against them, if he gets enough nominations.The bar wants to change that, so that, if it’s ... Subscribe Login Digital and ...

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