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DOJ quietly fired crime lab manager

The state Department of Justice quietly fired the Madison crime lab manager last summer for what agency officials called an unsatisfactory performance, citing instances of failing to address staff performance issues, misstating policies and struggling to come up with a plan to process DNA samples taken at arrest.

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DOJ never launched GPS program (UPDATE)

Wisconsin Department of Justice officials have refused to launch a pilot program that would have paid for GPS tracking for people under restraining orders, saying the technical language enacting the plan didn't actually give judges the authority to order such monitoring.

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Walker reinstated DOJ bonuses despite shortfall

Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker quietly reinstated a program to give merit raises and bonuses to some state workers even as he preached cost-cutting and pushed through a law reducing most public workers' pay and eliminating their union rights.

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Legal issues surround collective bargaining case

Many legal issues were discussed during the Wisconsin Supreme Court’s 5-hour-plus oral argument Monday. At issue is Dane County Circuit Court Judge Maryann Sumi’s enjoining the collective bargaining law from taking effect. But the justices repeatedly returned the focus of the argument to one issue: Was there a constitutional violation in how the law was enacted? In general, a procedural ...

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Republicans ask justices to act in union case

TODD RICHMOND Associated Press MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Attorneys for Republican lawmakers asked the Wisconsin Supreme Court on Monday to overturn a judge’s order blocking the state’s polarizing union rights law, while Democrats urged the justices to uphold the ruling or make the GOP go through the usual — and slow — appeals process. The court heard hours of ...

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DOJ asks court to lift ban on union law 

By TODD RICHMOND Associated Press MADISON, Wis. (AP) — State attorneys asked the Wisconsin Supreme Court on Friday to immediately vacate a Madison judge’s decision striking down Republican Gov. Scott Walker’s contentious collective bargaining law. Judge Maryann Sumi invalidated the law on Thursday after finding Republican legislators violated Wisconsin’s open records law during the run-up to passage in March. The ...

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