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Wisconsin justices skeptical of GOP redistricting proposal

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A Republican-backed push to fast-track redistricting lawsuits in the Wisconsin Supreme Court met with skepticism during a Thursday hearing, as the court's conservative chief justice questioned why the proposal was necessary and wondered how the thinly staffed court could be expected to draw maps.

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Wisconsin state court judge rules against Trump lawsuit (UPDATE)

FILE - President Donald Trump, left, remains on stage as then-Democratic presidential candidate former Vice President Joe Biden, right, walks away Thursday, Oct. 22, 2020, at Belmont University in Nashville, Tenn. President Trump's extraordinary effort to overturn Joe Biden's win in Wisconsin returns to the courtroom on Thursday, Dec. 10, 2020 with hearings in federal and state lawsuits seeking to invalidate hundreds of thousands of ballots and give the GOP-controlled Legislature the power to name Trump the winner. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez, file)

President Donald Trump's extraordinary effort to overturn Joe Biden's win in Wisconsin returns to the courtroom on Thursday, as hearings in federal and state lawsuits seek to invalidate hundreds of thousands of ballots and give the GOP-controlled Legislature the power to name Trump the winner.

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Roggensack touts Wisconsin judges for their lack of racial bias

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State Supreme Court Justice Pat Roggensack said she has long been interested in whether judges were responsible for the large number of Black people who are behind bars. She then pointed the judges to a 2016 paper she wrote on "race and sentencing" and the work of the Supreme Court statistician, Michael Thompson, on "race and Wisconsin courts."

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‘Really?’: Supreme Court justices disagree on invoking laches in homicide appeal

The Wisconsin Supreme Court disagreed on invoking laches in an appeal case that concerns a defendant's rights in a 2007 homicide conviction. Last week, a 4-3 majority upheld imposing laches in the case, prompting the responses "Really?" in one of the arguments.

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Supreme Court rejects new trial in 1996 double homicide, clarifies transcript procedure

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In a 4-3 decision announced Tuesday, the Wisconsin Supreme Court rejected the possibility of having a new trial in a decade-old double homicide case — a request made because of missing transcripts. In upholding an appellate court's previous decision, the majority concluded the defendant could not prevail without make a facially valid claim of arguably prejudicial error, no matter if all or part of a transcript is on hand.

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Justices say governor should oversee school policy (UPDATE)

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Wisconsin's Supreme Court reversed itself Tuesday and allowed the governor to take control of public school policy from the state superintendent, a decision that could translate to a major victory for Republicans if they can defeat Democratic Gov. Tony Evers in three years.

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Chief justice: Increasing private bar rate, review of ‘evidence-based’ decision making among priorities

Wisconsin Supreme Court Justice Pat Roggensack recently announced that the high court’s priorities this term will include not only working with the Legislature on increasing the private bar rate and increasing the ranks of state prosecutors, but also reviewing the work of the state’s court system.

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