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Court Watch: State Bar Backs Pay Hike for Appointed Lawyers
Court Watch

State Bar Backs Pay Hike for Appointed Lawyers

Hourly fee for court appointed lawyers so low they can lose money on cases.

Court Watch: Low Lawyer Fees a “Constitutional Crisis”?
Court Watch

Low Lawyer Fees a “Constitutional Crisis”?

Judge says defendants wait in jail because attorneys won’t work for state pay of $40 hour.

Court Watch: Will Robert Lee Stinson Get Justice?
Court Watch

Will Robert Lee Stinson Get Justice?

DNA exonerated him of murder after 24 years in jail, appeals court okays wrongful conviction suit.

Court Watch: Dallet Won 313 of 322 City Wards
Court Watch

Dallet Won 313 of 322 City Wards

Screnock won just nine wards, and 25% of Milwaukee’s total vote.

Court Watch: Dallet Won in Trumpland
Court Watch

Dallet Won in Trumpland

She even won Sauk County, home base of Michael Screnock.

Court Watch: MPD Traffic Citations Hit Minorities Heavily
Court Watch

MPD Traffic Citations Hit Minorities Heavily

Whites issued just 13% of traffic citations by Milwaukee Police in 2017.

Court Watch: Public Defender Pay At Issue
Court Watch

Public Defender Pay At Issue

For decades they’ve earned $40 hour in Wisconsin; federal public defenders get $140 hour.

Court Watch: The Judge That Robin Vos Hates
Court Watch

The Judge That Robin Vos Hates

Who is Judge Josann Reynolds, the Walker appointee who ruled he must hold special elections?

Back in the News: Vukmir’s Prison Bill Dies in State Senate
Back in the News

Vukmir’s Prison Bill Dies in State Senate

Would have jailed 1,800 more people per year at annual cost of $57 million.

Court Watch: City Seeks Dismissal of Stop & Frisk Suit
Court Watch

City Seeks Dismissal of Stop & Frisk Suit

Says Chief Flynn retired and practice ended.

Court Watch: County’s Felony Traffic Cases Up 21%
Court Watch

County’s Felony Traffic Cases Up 21%

2017 increase probably driven by tougher drunk driving laws.

Court Watch: Felony Drug Cases Rose 14% In 2017
Court Watch

Felony Drug Cases Rose 14% In 2017

Opioid use may drive the numbers. Drunk driving felony cases also rose.

Court Watch: Can Juveniles Get Life Without Parole?
Court Watch

Can Juveniles Get Life Without Parole?

Appeals Court asks State Supreme Court to decide if that’s constitutional.

Prison Bill’s True Cost Much Higher

Prison Bill’s True Cost Much Higher

Vukmir proposal to toughen revocation rules could cost $201 million per year.

Court Watch: Muni Court Traffic Cases Up 30% in 2017
Court Watch

Muni Court Traffic Cases Up 30% in 2017

Numbers reflect change in pursuit policy Chief Flynn agreed to adopt.

Our Crowded Prisons: County Jails Handle State Prison Overflow
Our Crowded Prisons

County Jails Handle State Prison Overflow

But they’re “bordeline inhumane,” worse than state prisons, some say.

Court Watch: Voter’s Choice, Burns vs. Dallet
Court Watch

Voter’s Choice, Burns vs. Dallet

Two Supreme Court candidates answer questions, but Screnock declines.

Our Crowded Prisons: Ellsworth Prison at 213% of Capacity
Our Crowded Prisons

Ellsworth Prison at 213% of Capacity

U.S. Supreme Court has ruled that no more than 137% is acceptable.

Our Crowded Prisons: Green Bay Prison To Be Replaced?
Our Crowded Prisons

Green Bay Prison To Be Replaced?

Century-old Green Bay and the Oshkosh prison both horribly overcrowded. Part 5 of series.

Court Watch: Bill Hikes Pay For Private Bar Lawyers
Court Watch

Bill Hikes Pay For Private Bar Lawyers

If bill passes, attorneys representing indigent defendants in criminal cases would get pay increase.

Court Watch: Federal Judge Slams Lawyers in Jail Suit
Court Watch

Federal Judge Slams Lawyers in Jail Suit

Suit over baby’s death in county jail has sparring lawyers acting “like fourth graders.”

Court Watch: Bill Suppresses Victim’s Mental Health Records
Court Watch

Bill Suppresses Victim’s Mental Health Records

Defendant couldn’t request, jury couldn’t see records unless victim allows it.

Columbia Prison at 153% of Capacity

Columbia Prison at 153% of Capacity

Inmates sleep on the floor because there are not enough beds. Part 4 in a series.

Court Watch: Why John Doe Probe Saved Emails
Court Watch

Why John Doe Probe Saved Emails

And why Schimel report complaining about investigators could be wrong.

Back in the News: Council Okays Lawyers for Muni Court
Back in the News

Council Okays Lawyers for Muni Court

Will help defendants who can be jailed when they can’t afford to pay fines.

Common Council approves Municipal Court legal representation for indigent residents
Press Release

Common Council approves Municipal Court legal representation for indigent residents

The proposed ordinance passed unanimously, allocating up to $45,000 to the non-profit Legal Action of Wisconsin.

A Primer on Overcrowded Prisons, Part II

A Primer on Overcrowded Prisons, Part II

Percent of old inmates with costly medical problems keeps rising.

A Primer On Crowded State Prisons

A Primer On Crowded State Prisons

The worst could be Fox Lake prison, at 137% of capacity.

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.

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.

Murphy’s Law: Will City Reform Municipal Court?
Murphy’s Law

Will City Reform Municipal Court?

Too many judges, indigent defendants treated badly, reform needed.

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.

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.

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: 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: 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.”

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.

Municipal Court Gets Creative

Municipal Court Gets Creative

Court holds "Warrant Withdrawal Wednesday” at church on northwest side.

Court Watch: County Tougher on Misdemeanors
Court Watch

County Tougher on Misdemeanors

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

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.

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.

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: 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: 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: 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: 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: Supreme Court Rules Against Open Records
Court Watch

Supreme Court Rules Against Open Records

Conservative majority exempts Schimel’s training videos from disclosure.

Muni Court “Warrant Withdrawal” Draws Thousands

Muni Court “Warrant Withdrawal” Draws Thousands

Special one-day clemency program a success, but treatment of indigent questioned.

Back in the News: Sheriff’s History Of Inmate Mistreatment
Back in the News

Sheriff’s History Of Inmate Mistreatment

Problems at county jail just the latest incidents of mistreatment under Sheriff Clarke.

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.

Blacks Slammed by Municipal Court Fines

Blacks Slammed by Municipal Court Fines

73% of municipal court fines hit city’s African Americans, totals $23 million over four years.

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.

Murphy’s Law: Sylville Smith Probe Looks Suspicious
Murphy’s Law

Sylville Smith Probe Looks Suspicious

AG Brad Schimel’s links to Milwaukee Police raise questions about his investigation.

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.

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.

Back in the News: Chisholm Far More Experienced Than Opponent
Back in the News

Chisholm Far More Experienced Than Opponent

He’s handled 14 times more cases than Swanigan. He also shows up for debates.

Municipal Court Denies Open Records Request

Municipal Court Denies Open Records Request

Wisconsin Justice Initiative seeks audio tapes to see if court is following the laws on handling defendants.

Milwaukee Municipal Court denies records request
Press Release

Milwaukee Municipal Court denies records request

“We are merely trying to determine whether Municipal Court is meeting its legal obligations to ensure that defendants get a fair shake,” WJI Executive Director Gretchen Schuldt said.

The Roundup: At it Again
The Roundup

At it Again

Alderman asked to make big money decision on 24 hour notice.

The Roundup: In-House Election Commission Good Idea?
The Roundup

In-House Election Commission Good Idea?

It is more of an internal workgroup,” Pat Curley said.

The Roundup: Crisses Averted
The Roundup

Crisses Averted

Barrett and Walker Announce Plan for Ballots in Milwaukee

The Roundup: Selig Take A Hit
The Roundup

Selig Take A Hit

Washington Post Trashes Commissioner and Journal Communications. Plus: The Mea Culpa of Charles J. Sykes and Thompson’s Boycott of Miller Park.