Gretchen Schuldt

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Court Watch: Vukmir Bill Will Cause Prison Bed Shortage
Court Watch

Vukmir Bill Will Cause Prison Bed Shortage

State prisons already overcrowded; bill would add 1,800 inmates, cost $57 million per year.

Bill Keeps Accused Cops on the Job

Bill Keeps Accused Cops on the Job

State bill would also let cops union grab power on Fire & Police Commission.

Court Watch: County Seeks Overturn of $6.7 Million Verdict
Court Watch

County Seeks Overturn of $6.7 Million Verdict

Fellow inmate claims woman who won verdict wasn’t sexually assaulted in county jail.

State Won’t Meet Prison Rape Guidelines

State Won’t Meet Prison Rape Guidelines

Walker commission rejects improvements, kicks issue to long-range study.

Court Watch: Police Suddenly Giving More Traffic Tickets
Court Watch

Police Suddenly Giving More Traffic Tickets

Tickets up in August, September, after declining for years.

Court Watch: County Must Pay $6.7 Million Verdict
Court Watch

County Must Pay $6.7 Million Verdict

Judge rules insurer not liable for sexual assault of County Jail inmate.

Legalizing Pot Could Be Windfall For Wisconsin

Legalizing Pot Could Be Windfall For Wisconsin

Legalization could generate $138 million per year in tax revenue beginning in 2021.

Court Watch: Republicans Want Activist Judges?
Court Watch

Republicans Want Activist Judges?

Bill pushes judges to overrule local laws that violate “spirit” of state statutes.

Court Watch: Bill Lets Some Criminal Records Be Expunged
Court Watch

Bill Lets Some Criminal Records Be Expunged

Rep. Goyke’s bill gets bipartisan support, allows retroactive expungement of youthful convictions.

Court Watch: Any Whites Nabbed for Pot Possession?
Court Watch

Any Whites Nabbed for Pot Possession?

Research of Milwaukee County cases show whites rarely arrested.

Court Watch: County, Insurer Fight Over $6.7 Million Claim
Court Watch

County, Insurer Fight Over $6.7 Million Claim

$6.7 million awarded to sexually assaulted county jail inmate, will insurance cover it?

Court Watch: Who’s Charged for Pot Possession?
Court Watch

Who’s Charged for Pot Possession?

Review of cases shows black males mostly charged for a second offense.

Council Supports Restricting Asset Forfeiture

Council Supports Restricting Asset Forfeiture

Would only be allowed for convicted criminals. Milwaukee police opposed change.

Op Ed: Reduce Penalties for Pot Possession
Op Ed

Reduce Penalties for Pot Possession

Second offense possession still a felony in Wisconsin.

Campaign Cash: Predatory Loan King Backs Schimel
Campaign Cash

Predatory Loan King Backs Schimel

Rod Aycox, partner of reputed mob figure, gives $2,500 to Attorney General Brad Schimel.

Court Watch: Judge Rules on Lincoln Hills
Court Watch

Judge Rules on Lincoln Hills

Drastic cutbacks in pepper spray, mechanical constraints, solitary confinement.

Court Watch: 5-Year Drop in County’s Felony Cases
Court Watch

5-Year Drop in County’s Felony Cases

Serious crime cases down by 9%, but statewide felony cases rose 18% from 2011-2016.

Court Watch: Judge Sets Guidelines for Lincoln Hills
Court Watch

Judge Sets Guidelines for Lincoln Hills

Reducing solitary confinement and use of pepper spray on the list.

Court Watch: Lifetime GPS Monitoring Is Legal
Court Watch

Lifetime GPS Monitoring Is Legal

State Appeals Court approves lifetime GPS device for former sex offender.

Court Watch: Pictures of Youths in Prison
Court Watch

Pictures of Youths in Prison

ACLU’s suit documents questionable treatment at Lincoln Hills, Copper Lake.

Court Watch: Appeals Court Clarifies Police Custody
Court Watch

Appeals Court Clarifies Police Custody

State claims a handcuffed man not in “custody.”

Court Watch: Raped Jail Inmate Awarded $6.7 Million
Court Watch

Raped Jail Inmate Awarded $6.7 Million

But no award from jury for being shackled while delivering her baby.

2,030 Strip Searches at Youth Prisons

2,030 Strip Searches at Youth Prisons

Just 32 of searches in one year at Lincoln Hills and Copper Lake found contraband.

Court Watch: Clarke Evading State Law on Jail?
Court Watch

Clarke Evading State Law on Jail?

Tells court he’s not in charge of jail medical care; state law says he is.

Court Watch: County Tougher on Misdemeanors
Court Watch

County Tougher on Misdemeanors

Judges give sentences twice as long with more jailing than other counties.

Sheriff Clarke Loses Key Ruling

Sheriff Clarke Loses Key Ruling

Judge won’t dismiss case on shackling of pregnant inmates in county jail.

Dallet May Run for Supreme Court

Dallet May Run for Supreme Court

Judge Rebecca Dallet could oppose Justice Michael Gableman.

Court Watch: County May Settle With Beaten Inmate
Court Watch

County May Settle With Beaten Inmate

County lawyer backs $18,000 payment on County Jail inmate's suit.

Court Watch: County Hikes Jailing Fee for City
Court Watch

County Hikes Jailing Fee for City

Milwaukee, suburbs face big hikes for municipal offenders jailed.

Court Watch: Cocaine Mom Law Struck Down
Court Watch

Cocaine Mom Law Struck Down

Federal court says state can’t lock up pregnant women who use drugs, alcohol.

Abele Blasts State on Juvenile Prisons

Abele Blasts State on Juvenile Prisons

State wants 21% hike in fees and more inmates at failing prisons.

Court Watch: ACLU Seeks Lincoln Hills Injunction
Court Watch

ACLU Seeks Lincoln Hills Injunction

Wants court to temporarily ban solitary confinement at juvenile prisons.

More Horrors at Juvenile Prisons?

More Horrors at Juvenile Prisons?

Suit charges strip searches at Lincoln Hills and Copper Lake.

Jails for the Sick and Elderly

Jails for the Sick and Elderly

19% of state prisoners now over age 50, up from 5% in 1995.

Drunk Driving Bill Costs $15 Million Per Year

Drunk Driving Bill Costs $15 Million Per Year

Department of Corrections estimates minimum cost of get-tough bill.

Court Watch: Wales v. Yang, Closing Arguments
Court Watch

Wales v. Yang, Closing Arguments

They’re getting nasty, dueling over alleged dirty campaigning.

Court Watch: Drunk Driving Law’s Annual Cost $20 Million?
Court Watch

Drunk Driving Law’s Annual Cost $20 Million?

Walker, Corrections won’t estimate cost of longer prison time for offenders.

Court Watch: Bail Jumping Charges Need Reform?
Court Watch

Bail Jumping Charges Need Reform?

7,034 felony charges in 2016 for violating conditions of bond. Goyke seeks reform.

Court Watch: Another Suit Against Clarke, County Jail
Court Watch

Another Suit Against Clarke, County Jail

It’s the second suit alleging jail workers shackled pregnant woman inmate.

Court Watch: Man Charged for Childhood Crime
Court Watch

Man Charged for Childhood Crime

State Appeals Court okays adult felony charge for act committed at age nine.

Op Ed: Why Gorsuch’s Wrong for Supreme Court
Op Ed

Why Gorsuch’s Wrong for Supreme Court

He favors corporations over people and holds radical views.

Court Watch: County May Hike Lockup Costs
Court Watch

County May Hike Lockup Costs

Would mean higher rate for inmates, municipal ordinance violators, from suburbs, city.

Court Watch: Yang vs. Wales; Should Judges Recuse?
Court Watch

Yang vs. Wales; Should Judges Recuse?

Wales says yes if parties to case gave $1,000 donation, Yang undecided.

Court Watch: Wales and Yang on Judicial Pay
Court Watch

Wales and Yang on Judicial Pay

Two candidates for circuit court consider: should they be paid more?

Court Watch: Clarke Could Face Constitutional Claim
Court Watch

Clarke Could Face Constitutional Claim

Oregon court decision suggests Sheriff is wrongly detaining immigrants.

Court Watch: Clarke Can’t Delay Class Action Suit
Court Watch

Clarke Can’t Delay Class Action Suit

Pregnant women shackled in county jail, could be as many as 300 in suit.

Court Watch: Judicial Candidates Explain Themselves
Court Watch

Judicial Candidates Explain Themselves

The philosophies of circuit court opponents Yang and Wales.

Court Watch: Supreme Court Workload Down By 48%
Court Watch

Supreme Court Workload Down By 48%

Huge drop in cases handled by state high court. Court of Appeals workload also way down.

Court Watch: Clarke Clueless On Department Violations?
Court Watch

Clarke Clueless On Department Violations?

In court testimony, Sheriff can’t say how many employees faced criminal charges.

Court Watch: Chemical Spraying Used At Lincoln Hills
Court Watch

Chemical Spraying Used At Lincoln Hills

ACLU suit shows pepper spray used repeatedly, violating state administrative code.

Court Watch: Shocking Charges in Lincoln Hills Suit
Court Watch

Shocking Charges in Lincoln Hills Suit

Youth suffer excruciating pain, shackling, solitary confinement, ACLU suit charges.

Court Watch: Municipal Court Cases Drop By 54%
Court Watch

Municipal Court Cases Drop By 54%

Court handles 75,000 fewer cases than 5 years ago. Are fewer judges needed?

Court Watch: City Approves $110,000 Settlement
Court Watch

City Approves $110,000 Settlement

Suit filed charging excessive police force in ugly 2012 incident.

Court Watch: Big Donors Like Justice Ziegler
Court Watch

Big Donors Like Justice Ziegler

Unopposed Supreme Court Justice raised $373,106 in campaign donations in 2016.

Court Watch: Most Reversed Judge Of The Year
Court Watch

Most Reversed Judge Of The Year

Judge William Gabler had four cases overturned by higher courts in 2016.

Court Watch: Four Candidates For Muni Court Judge
Court Watch

Four Candidates For Muni Court Judge

Incumbent Judge Valarie Hill faces three challengers and many questions.

Court Watch: Justice Ziegler, 37 Judges Unopposed
Court Watch

Justice Ziegler, 37 Judges Unopposed

Just 11 of 48 Circuit Court judges face opponents in April Election

Court Watch: The Return Of Michelle Ackerman Havas
Court Watch

The Return Of Michelle Ackerman Havas

Walker appointee to judge rejected by voters now running for a different branch.

Court Watch: Supreme Court Rules Against Open Records
Court Watch

Supreme Court Rules Against Open Records

Conservative majority exempts Schimel’s training videos from disclosure.

Court Watch: Muni Court Data Withheld From Public?
Court Watch

Muni Court Data Withheld From Public?

Judge says data from Warrant Withdrawal Wednesday won’t be publicly released.

Court Watch: Judge Hill May Face Three Challengers
Court Watch

Judge Hill May Face Three Challengers

Valarie Hill, a judge since 2004, is being challenged for municipal court’s failings.

Court Watch: Muni Court Debts Slam One Zip Code
Court Watch

Muni Court Debts Slam One Zip Code

One fourth of residents of heavily black 53206 owe money; “shocking,” says Ald. Murphy.

Court Watch: Judge Valarie Hill Faces Challenger
Court Watch

Judge Valarie Hill Faces Challenger

Legal Aid Society attorney Brian Michel will run for Municipal Court, arguing it needs reforms.

Court Watch: Four Key Judge Races Coming
Court Watch

Four Key Judge Races Coming

Supreme Court Justice Ziegler and three Appeals Court judges running in spring election.

Court Watch: Muni Court Indigents Will Get Lawyers
Court Watch

Muni Court Indigents Will Get Lawyers

Common Council votes 9-6 to approve funding for new program.

Court Watch: Municipal Judges Ignore the Law
Court Watch

Municipal Judges Ignore the Law

Audios show poor defendants aren't informed of right to community service rather than fines and jail.

Court Watch: City Could Get Tougher on Defendants
Court Watch

City Could Get Tougher on Defendants

Municipal Court already makes a profit but plan would toughen debt collections, hold cars, attach wages.

Court Watch: Prison for Profit?
Court Watch

Prison for Profit?

Department of Corrections seeks shortcut for new prison industries, to make money faster.

Court Watch: Decriminalize Pot?
Court Watch

Decriminalize Pot?

State Public Defender's office recommends decriminalizing marijuana possession.

Court Watch: AG Schimel Attacks Open Records Law
Court Watch

AG Schimel Attacks Open Records Law

He is appealing to the Wisconsin Supreme Court in an effort to keep two law enforcement training videos secret.

School Would Cost $40,000 Per Kid Per Year

School Would Cost $40,000 Per Kid Per Year

Proposed boarding school is part of Common Council’s “Public Safety Action Plan.”

Court Watch: How Appeals Court Failed in Dassey Case
Court Watch

How Appeals Court Failed in Dassey Case

Three state judges overruled by federal court allowed ugly miscarriage of justice in Dassey conviction.

District Attorney Election Divided by Race

District Attorney Election Divided by Race

Swanigan won most majority black wards, Chisholm won everywhere else in county.

Court Watch: Walker Appointee Says God Decides Law
Court Watch

Walker Appointee Says God Decides Law

State Supreme Court nominee Daniel Kelly says scriptures trump legal precedent.

Sheriff Clarke Seeks 50% Tax Levy Increase

Sheriff Clarke Seeks 50% Tax Levy Increase

His budget request asks for 206 additional full-time positions, a 29% increase in his staff.

Court Watch: Appeals Court Overturns Case, Citing Miranda
Court Watch

Appeals Court Overturns Case, Citing Miranda

Yes, rule can still apply, as court throws out sexual assault charge against 16-year-old.

Court Watch: 95% of Wisconsin State Judges Are White
Court Watch

95% of Wisconsin State Judges Are White

State trails 43 states in judicial diversity, study shows, while near the top in black incarceration.

Critics Say WEPCO Proposal Would Over-Charge Customers

Critics Say WEPCO Proposal Would Over-Charge Customers

Valley plant conversion to gas will mostly serve businesses yet 90% of cost is charged to residential customers, they charge.

State Quietly Expands I-94 Project

State Quietly Expands I-94 Project

Reconstruction of I-94 would extend 23% further into city, stretching east to 16th Street, WISDOT says.

Citizens, Cut Your Grass!

Citizens, Cut Your Grass!

Common Council is considering a proposal by Ald. Davis with tougher restrictions against overgrown lawns.

Freeway Expansion Could Move South

Freeway Expansion Could Move South

I-94 could be straightened to run through current Miller Park parking lots. Brewers are open to this option.

Double-Decker Freeway For Milwaukee?

Double-Decker Freeway For Milwaukee?

Rising 40 feet high, it could be destructive to the Story Hill neighborhood.

Books Aren’t Banned Here

Books Aren’t Banned Here

Little free libraries are welcome in Milwaukee -- unlike in Whitefish Bay.

A City At Risk?

A City At Risk?

"The community's less safe," says District Attorney John Chisholm, because of staff cuts.

How State Ignored Civil Rights

How State Ignored Civil Rights

The Department of Transportation flagrantly ignored federal law and the rights of urban minorities.