the-courts

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 […]

Schimel Aide: AG Misunderstood Question; Didn’t Flip Flop on Veritas Probe

A spokesman for Wisconsin Attorney General Brad Schimel said that Schimel misspoke last week when he said a voter fraud investigation had been closed. Schimel’s office last week, responding to an open records request by the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel, released a memo saying an investigation into video shot by James O’Keefe’s Project Veritas did not offer […]

Ross Parrots Pelosi: Gorsuch Threatens The Air You Breathe

As all eyes in Washington are firmly fixed on the debate over the American Health Care Act, another story has gone almost entirely unnoticed. Senate Democrats are struggling mightily in an effort to stymie the nomination of Judge Neil Gorsuch to the U.S. Supreme Court. Politico reported this week that Gorsuch has breezed through some 70 […]

WI Supreme Court Case Could Limit WI Open Meetings Act

The Wisconsin Supreme Court will hear oral arguments Wednesday morning in a case whose outcome observers say could provide local governments with a workaround to compliance with the Open Meetings Act. At the heart of the case is this question: can local governments evade the Open Meetings Act by having administrators create committees instead of […]

UW-Oshkosh Whistleblower Again Seeks Justice

A former UW-Oshkosh baseball coach and his attorney detailed their allegations of whistle blower retaliation in a lengthy radio interview Friday. Tom Lechnir on Thursday filed a motion to re-open his lawsuit against UWO. The motion follows a lawsuit filed last week by the UW System against retired UWO Chancellor Richard Wells and former Vice-Chancellor […]