Recent Supreme Court opinions

07/16/15 - 2014AP296-OA/2014AP417-W to 2014AP421-W/2013AP2504-W to 2013AP2508-W (2015 WI 85)
Two Unnamed Petitioners v. Gregory A. Peterson/Francis D. Schmitz v. Honorable Gregory A. Peterson/Three Unnamed Petitioners v. Gregory A. Peterson – The Original Action for declaratory judgment – DECLARATION OF RIGHTS; RELIEF GRANTED; JOHN DOE INVESTIGATION ORDERED CLOSED. PETITION for supervisory writ and appeal from an order of a John Doe Judge for Milwaukee County, Iowa County, Dodge County, Dane County, and Columbia County, Gregory A. Peterson, Reserve Judge – PETITION FOR SUPERVISORY WRIT DENIED AND ORDER AFFIRMED. PETITION for supervisory writ and review of a decision of the Court of Appeals – PETITION FOR SUPERVISORY WRIT DENIED AND DECISION AFFIRMED.
Author: Justice Michael J. Gableman
Justice David T. Prosser, Chief Justice Patience Drake Roggensack (joining Sections IV and V), Justice Annette Kingsland Ziegler, (joining Section IV) and Justice Michael J. Gableman, (joining Section IV) concurs – opinion filed.
Justice Annette Kingsland Ziegler, concurs – opinion filed.
Justice Shirley S. Abrahamson, concurs/dissents – opinion filed. Justice N. Patrick Crooks, concurs/dissents – opinion filed.
Justice Ann Walsh Bradley did not participate.

07/15/15 - 2013AP197-CR (2015 WI 84)
State v. Jesse L. HerrmannThe decision of the court of appeals is affirmed.
Author: Justice Ann Walsh Bradley
Justice David T. Prosser and Chief Justice Patience Drake Roggensack concur - opinion filed.
Justice Annette Kingsland Ziegler, Chief Justice Patience Drake Roggensack and Justice Michael J. Gableman concur - opinion filed.

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The Third Branch, spring/summer 2015

July 21, 2015 - The spring/summer edition of The Third Branch, the quarterly newsletter of the Wisconsin court system, is now available.

Wisconsin Supreme Court accepts five new cases

July 8, 2015 - The Wisconsin Supreme Court has voted to accept five new cases and has acted to deny review in a number of other cases. see full article see full article

Atty. Karla Baumgartner named director of Office of Judicial Education

June 29, 2015 - Atty. Karla Baumgartner, who has been acting as interim director of Judicial Education since February 2014, has been named the director of the Office of Judicial Education. In that role, she will continue to develop judicial curriculum and training programs, plan the department budget, ensure judicial credits are accurately recorded, and supervise department staff. see full article see full article

100 years later, Wisconsin Supreme Court murals still tell stories

June 15, 2015 - One hundred years ago this week, prominent American artist Albert Herter (1871-1950) slipped out of Madison without saying goodbye to the people who had hired him to paint murals for the Wisconsin Supreme Court Hearing Room in the new state Capitol. see full article see full article

800 years old: Magna Carta, Symbol of Freedom Under Law, still influential

June 15, 2015 - Shaky cell phone video of King John of England (1166-1216) affixing his seal to Magna Carta has not yet surfaced on YouTube. So, you’ll have to rely on a visit to the Wisconsin Supreme Court Hearing Room to get a feel for what the scene may have been like 800 years ago in a meadow along the banks of the Thames River outside London. see full article see full article

Judge's courtroom kindness inspires legal career

May 29, 2015 - Milwaukee County Circuit Court Judge Christopher R. Foley is featured in a front-page column and photo in the May 29 print edition of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. Foley’s simple gesture of letting a 13-year-old girl take the bench for a few minutes during an adoption proceeding in 2003 had profound influence. Christie Jones, now 25, graduated from Marquette Univesity Law School and was admitted to the bar by the Wisconsin Supreme Court on May 18. The Jim Stingl column is posted here. (external link)

J. Denis Moran appointed interim director of state courts

May 28, 2015 - The Wisconsin Supreme Court has appointed former Director of State Courts J. Denis Moran to serve as interim Director of State Courts, effective June 4, through Dec. 4, 2015, Chief Justice Patience Drake Roggensack announced today. see full article see full article

Grant boosts evidence-based decision-making efforts in Milwaukee County

May 28, 2015 - Milwaukee County is one of 20 jurisdictions selected nationwide to receive a $150,000 grant to help ensure that appropriate evidence-based risk assessments drive decisions about who is being incarcerated. The grant is part of the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation’s Safety and Justice Challenge program, which announced $75 million in grants on May 27. See the Milwaukee County press release here, and the foundation’s announcement here.


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