Wisconsin Supreme Court takes another pass on John Doe case

By   /  October 21, 2014  /  First Amendment, News, Wisconsin  /  No Comments

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By M.D. Kittle | Wisconsin Reporter

MADISON, Wis. – The state Supreme Court on Monday again ducked two requests that it settle disputes in the stalled investigation into conservative organizations and activists.

Legal experts said the divided court may be waiting to get beyond next month’s gubernatorial election before taking on the cases.

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Federal judge stops John Doe prosecutors from bothering conservative group

By   /  October 14, 2014  /  First Amendment, News, Wisconsin  /  No Comments

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By M.D. Kittle | Wisconsin Reporter

MADISON, Wis. – A federal judge ruled Tuesday prosecutors involved in a politically charged John Doe case may not interfere with the First Amendment rights of conservatives associated with the group Citizens for Responsible Government.

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Armed and growing: Milwaukee County DA beefs up his ‘police force’

By   /  October 15, 2014  /  First Amendment, News, Wisconsin  /  No Comments

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The Milwaukee County prosecutor-pushed predawn, paramilitary-style raids on the homes of conservative activists last year was perhaps the logical result of a department that has expanded its armed investigative force, a Wisconsin Reporter investigation shows.

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Conservatives to appeals court: ‘You don’t know Doe’

By   /  October 8, 2014  /  First Amendment, News, Wisconsin  /  No Comments

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By M.D. Kittle | Wisconsin Reporter

MADISON, Wis. – Asserting that a federal appeals court panel screwed up in tossing out a civil rights lawsuit against prosecutors, conservative targets of a politically charged secret John Doe investigation on Wednesday filed a petition with the U.S. District Court of Appeals for the 7th Circuit asking that the full 10-member court rehear the case.

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Conservative group asks court to stop John Doe ‘constitutional injury’

By   /  October 7, 2014  /  First Amendment, News, Wisconsin  /  No Comments

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By M.D. Kittle | Wisconsin Reporter

MADISON, Wis. – Pleading for quick action so that conservatives can participate in the Nov. 4 general election, a Milwaukee-based group on Tuesday asked a U.S. district court to stop Democrat Milwaukee County District Attorney John Chisholm and the state Government Accountability Board from enforcing a constitutionally dubious state campaign finance law.

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Rindfleisch: ‘Rape’ not too strong a word for how violated John Doe targets feel

By   /  October 7, 2014  /  First Amendment, News, Wisconsin  /  No Comments

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By M.D. Kittle | Wisconsin Reporter

MADISON, Wis. – Pummeled by bad news for their gubernatorial candidate Mary Burke, Democratic party operatives last week seized on Eric O’Keefe’s use of the word “rape” to describe the feelings of conservative activists whose homes were raided in the course of a politically charged John Doe investigation.

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