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Brian Hagedorn

Jul 19, 2022

‘A SETBACK FOR TRANSPARENCY’: Wisconsin Supreme Court reverses decades of legal precedent to weaken open-records law

The Wisconsin State Supreme Court issued a ruling earlier this month that open government advocates say deals “a body blow to the state’s traditions of open government” and encourages public agencies to work in greater secrecy.

Jul 8, 2022

Wisconsin court says parents suing school can’t be anonymous

A divided Wisconsin Supreme Court ruled Friday that parents suing the Madison School District over its gender identity policies must disclose their names to opposing attorneys, but they don't have to be revealed to the district or be made public.

Jul 8, 2022

Court: Local health officers can issue unilateral orders

Local health officers can unilaterally issue orders to slow diseases, the state Supreme Court ruled Friday in a decision upholding contentious orders limiting indoor gatherings and mandating masks that Dane County officials handed down during the height of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Jul 7, 2022

Wisconsin court rules against transgender sex offender

The Wisconsin Supreme Court's conservative majority said Thursday that a transgender woman cannot change her name because she is on the state's sex offender registry and the law does not allow people on the registry to change their names.

Jul 7, 2022

Wisconsin court’s open records ruling decried as gutting law

The Wisconsin Supreme Court's conservative majority on Wednesday issued a ruling limiting when people who sue over open records requests can recover attorney's fees, a decision that the court's liberals and advocates for open government decried as gutting the law.

Jun 7, 2022

Wisconsin Supreme Court says COVID records can be released

A divided Wisconsin Supreme Court on Tuesday said the state health department can release data on coronavirus outbreak cases, information sought two years ago near the beginning of the pandemic.

Dec 1, 2021

Top Wisconsin court affirms GOP’s preferred approach to maps

A divided Wisconsin Supreme Court on Tuesday sided with Republicans in a redistricting dispute, ruling that it saw no need to make significant changes to the maps that have helped the GOP win majorities in the state Legislature and congressional delegation.

Jul 6, 2021

After split reasoning on certified question, private-school busing lawsuit to return to 7th Circuit

A lawsuit over busing requirements for private, religious schools in Wisconsin will return to the Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals.

Apr 7, 2021

Editorial: Court’s ruling narrower than many think

This week’s ruling from the Wisconsin Supreme Court was considerably narrower than what a lot of people seem to think. There’s a critical point that people are missing: the ruling wasn’t on whether a mask mandate is legal in and of itself. That question remains open.

Mar 31, 2021

Wisconsin Supreme Court strikes down governor’s mask mandate (UPDATE)

The Wisconsin Supreme Court struck down Democratic Gov. Tony Evers' statewide mask mandate on Wednesday, stripping the governor of one of his last remaining tools to curb the spread of the coronavirus as the state stands on the precipice of another surge in infections.

Mar 3, 2021

Court considers arguments over reasonable suspicion in vehicle search

The Wisconsin Supreme Court is considering whether an appellate court conducted a proper reasonable suspicion analysis in a case centered on a traffic stop that resulted in a gun charge.

Jan 8, 2021

State Supreme Court disagrees on Second Amendment rights of felon

The Wisconsin Supreme Court split this week on the question of what constitutes a violation of a felon's Second Amendment rights.


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