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Centralized sentencing data would make the administration of justices more fair and transparent. Appellate courts could use the data to ensure that sentences under review are consistent and serve the fundamental purposes of sentencing. Wow! There’s an idea. Read more here. … Read More

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He really wanted that name, the Minnesota court of appeals said “no” despite the 1st Amendment. The new name would be misleading and confusing. Read about it here… Read More

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Fun facts on SCOW and SCOTUS

Guess which SCOTUS justice Wisconsin’s Supreme Court justices cite most often? Okay. That’s too easy. The answer is Scalia. But do you know which SCOW justice cites Scalia the most? And can you guess the second most frequently cited SCOTUS justice. Find out more fun facts here… Read More

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No, not a Wisconsin judge. But if you’re sleepy, this story will wake you up… Read More

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Erwin Chemerinsky, a SCOTUS expert, summarizes the most controversial cases the court will decide this term. First and Second Amendment rights, abortion rights, DACA are all on the agenda. Find out more here… Read More

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State v. N.M.A.-S., 2018AP2308-09, 12/17/19, District 1 (1-judge opinion, ineligible for publication); case activity This TPR case involves a mom with a substance abuse problem and her daughter  who had ingested morphine.  At the trial on grounds, defense counsel asked the jury pool: “Is there anyone that believes that someone who is struggling with an addiction… Read More

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Normally we report on that cert petitions that SCOTUS grants, not the ones that it denies. But this is an interesting case. The City of Boise Idaho tried to regulate camping and sleeping in public places. The 9th Circuit held that the enforcement of such laws constitute cruel and unusual punishment prohibited by the 8th… Read More

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You know the grim statistics. an estimated 65% of people in U.S. prisons and jails have a diagnosable substance use disorder and about 15% of men and 30% of women have mental health disorders. According to this new paper by Leo Beletsky at Northeastern University School of Law, correctional facilities’ efforts to address these conditions… Read More

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