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Court Gestures

Jun 24, 2014

Hearings on preliminary hearings becoming not so preliminary

The longest preliminary hearing occurred in Outagamie County in September 1987. It took six weeks.

Jun 12, 2014

Bar starts its cash call-outs

The State Bar is starting a bit early in its attempts to get more money for the courts system in the next year’s budget.

Jun 6, 2014

COURT GESTURES: Abrahamson, Prosser sound off in Friday opinions

It seems like Chief Justice Shirley Abrahamson and Justice David Prosser had a lot more on their minds Friday than just the facts of the four Office of Lawyer Regulation cases for which they released opinions.

May 30, 2014

COURT GESTURES: Niess doesn’t play nice with serial litigant

Serial pro se litigant Rodney Rigsby is still at it.

May 27, 2014

Pay to play: Rove, Gibbs coming to State Bar conference

The State Bar is spending $51,000 to bring Robert Gibbs and Karl Rove to its 2014 Annual Meeting & Conference next month.

Apr 24, 2014

A second ‘second chance?’

The State Bar spent $219,603.25 on lobbying in 2013. They spent 5,452 hours advocating for their many positions, firmly putting them near the top of the heap in terms of time spent.

Mar 17, 2014

Rep. Kooyenga wants to pay up

Rep. Dale Kooyenga said he is going to get the money owed to Robert Stinson one way or another, even if it means putting it in next year’s budget.

Mar 11, 2014

Pussy Riot takes on Van Hollen

I didn’t think Pussy Riot even knew that Wisconsin existed. I guess I was wrong.

Feb 27, 2014

Racine bar owner lawsuit started small

One of the attorneys representing a group of Racine bar owners who are suing city officials for alleged racial discrimination said the suit started with one person and grew from there.

Feb 4, 2014

A ‘wildcat pouncing on a porcupine’

It seems like the State Bar may be a little hurt over questions the Supreme Court asked them during a hearing Jan. 21 about a petition that seeks the ability to boot a member of the Board of Governors.

Jan 22, 2014

COURT GESTURES BLOG: Throw out the rules of conduct at rules conference

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.

Jan 17, 2014

COURT GESTURES BLOG: Other CCAP-related bills don’t stand a chance

With the latest bill addressing the removal of information from CCAP popping up this week, I thought it was worth reviewing a few of the other bills introduced in the past few months that sought to address the exact same problem, yet have gone nowhere.


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