John Doe Judge Looks To Determine His Authority

By Jerry Bader and Sam Morateck Brown County Circuit Court Judge Kendall Kelley gave the appearance of a new hire looking for an employee’s manual in his first hearing as a newly-appointed John Doe Judge Thursday.  Kelley laid out three series of questions to attorneys and principles in the courtroom designed to determine what he […]

Brown County Hearing Set for John Doe Issues

Brown County Judge Kendall Kelley has scheduled a hearing for 1:30 PM Thursday to “present legal issues,” including Attorney General Brad Schimel’s request to initiate contempt of court proceedings against nine agents in the John Doe investigation. Following the release of a report into an investigation concerning the leak of John Doe documents to a […]

DCI Probe Into Ozaukee Co. Courts Yielded No Charges, But Questions Remain

A 2016 State Department of Criminal Investigation probe into possible misconduct in the Ozaukee County Circuit Court system resulted in no charges being filed, Media Trackers has learned. The investigation was prompted by complaints from a judge that won a contentious 2013 judicial election. Attorney Joe Voiland defeated Circuit Judge Tom Wolfgram, a three-term incumbent, […]

How Left is Left in High Court Race?

Wisconsin Supreme Court Candidate Tim Burns, a Madison attorney, has been unabashed in displaying his liberal ideology, while Judge Rebecca Dallet appears to be positioning herself as a more sensible moderate-liberal alternative to Burns. But a recent joint radio interview with the two suggests that Burns has either pulled Dallet to the left, or forced […]

WILL and McAdams’ Battle for Academic Free Speech Continues

Suspended Marquette University professor John McAdams is asking the Wisconsin Supreme Court to immediately take up his case, bypassing the State Appeals Court. Wisconsin Institute for Law and Liberty (WILL) who represents  McAdams, petitioned the state’s high court to take the case. McAdams was suspended indefinitely from teaching at Marquette (WILL and McAdams argue he […]

Senator Warren’s One-Way Ethical Street for the Supreme Court

When it comes to whom any of the conservative-leaning justices on the U.S. Supreme Court speak, U.S. Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-Massachusetts) clearly has issues. She said as much herself on Wednesday in an opinion piece published at Politico. In it, Warren goes after the court’s newest member, Neil Gorsuch, for speaking at an event sponsored […]

Wisconsin Cookie Ban Ruled Unconstitutional

You may now begin to pre-heat your ovens. A Lafayette County circuit court judge on Thursday ruled that Wisconsin’s notorious “Cookie Ban,” a law which restricted the selling of home-made goods as unconstitutional. The move allows small business owners and others to sell cookies, brownies, and other confections without a professional baking license. The ruling allows them to […]

The Complexity of Aggressive Recusal Laws

The five conservative jurists on the Wisconsin Supreme Court were heavily criticized in April for rejecting proposed rules that would have forced judges off of cases involving those who helped get them on the bench. As the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reported back then: The retired judges who asked for the rule to be rewritten argued there should […]