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Frank Easterbrook

Jun 30, 2020

Appeals court reverses Wisconsin voting-restrictions rulings

A federal appeals court panel upheld a host of Republican-sponsored voting restrictions in Wisconsin on Monday, handing conservatives a significant win in a pair of lawsuits just months before residents in the battleground state cast their ballots for president.

Feb 27, 2017

Judges express skepticism over claims in voting cases

Three federal court judges expressed deep skepticism Friday over claims that Wisconsin Republicans deliberately made it harder for minorities to vote.

Nov 17, 2016

Dassey’s attorneys disappointed over 7th Circuit decision to block his release (UPDATE)

A Wisconsin prison inmate whose case was featured in the Netflix series "Making a Murderer" will stay behind bars while state attorneys appeal a decision overturning his conviction, a panel of federal appellate judges ruled Thursday.

Nov 2, 2016

For some, new rules for appellate briefs to take effect Dec. 1

Even though federal rules will set a shorter maximum length on briefs starting Dec. 1, the 7th Circuit is proposing to keep the old limits in place for certain types of filings.

Jun 27, 2016

View from around the nation: Time has come for serious debate on assault weapons

All guns kill. Some do so with horrifying efficiency.

Apr 12, 2016

Court sends part of voter ID case back to judge

A judge must consider whether Wisconsin's voter photo identification law applies to people who face daunting obstacles in obtaining identification, a three-judge federal appellate panel ruled Tuesday.

Jan 26, 2016

Corporate political spending can stay secret in Wisconsin

Wisconsin lawmakers are insisting that they didn’t intend to allow corporate political donations to remain secret under the recent overhaul of the state’s campaign finance laws.

May 18, 2015

US high court won’t hear John Doe lawsuit (UPDATE)

The U.S. Supreme Court will not hear a lawsuit to block a secret investigation into whether the state’s campaign finance laws were broken during Gov. Scott Walkers’s recall campaign.

Apr 22, 2015

Appeals court: Navajo inmate can wear headband, eat venison (UPDATE)

A Navajo Indian imprisoned in Wisconsin can wear a headband in his cell and celebrate a tribal feast with wild venison, a federal appeals court has ruled.

Mar 24, 2015

Federal court lets suit against contractor proceed with no cap on damages

A federal court of appeals will let a negligence suit against two contractors proceed without a cap on damages.

Oct 15, 2014

Wrongful termination suit thrown out by appellate court

A doctor who aggressively litigated his case against the hospital from which he was fired had his appeal thrown out Tuesday.

Oct 6, 2014

Appeals court upholds voter ID law

A federal appeals court ruled Monday that Wisconsin's requirement that voters show photo identification at the polls is constitutional, a decision that is not surprising after the court last month allowed for the law to be implemented while it considered the case.


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