Voting rights advocates have won a round in Wisconsin against a voter ID law. Dane County judge Flanagan granted a temporary injunction, blocking the law’s use in the April elections, finding “the scope of the impairment has been shown to be serious, extremely broad and largely needless,” and that the NAACP and Voces de la Frontera “have shown a very substantial likelihood of success on the merits.” This is one of several similar holdings.
|By: David Dayen Tuesday February 21, 2012 12:40 pm|
Just because state and federal regulators reached a settlement with banks over foreclosure fraud – we think – doesn’t mean that the banks have rid themselves of their liabilities, even on these foreclosure fraud-related issues. In Massachusetts, a new ruling by the state Supreme Court may formally grant borrowers the ability to contest their foreclosures on the grounds of faulty document processing. And there are similar cases dealing with commercial property mortgages.
|By: David Dayen Wednesday January 4, 2012 7:10 pm|
|By: David Dayen Saturday December 31, 2011 4:24 pm|
The case, which the state Supreme Court threw out in a 4-3 ruling, included the participation of Michael Gableman, the Supreme Court justice who received thousands of dollars in free legal services from a high-powered conservative law firm in the state which frequently works on cases before the Court (in a fitting twist, Gableman secured the law firm’s services to defend him in an ethics case). In fact, Michael Best & Friedrich, the law firm in question, worked for the state and Walker’s administration in the case of the anti-union law. Gableman never recused himself from the case, and provided the deciding vote, overturning the ruling from a Dane County district court judge.
|By: David Dayen Tuesday December 20, 2011 8:20 am|
Wisconsin may have to add another recall. One of the Republican-appointed judges on the Wisconsin Supreme Court, an elected position that is subject to recall, has been caught in a major scandal, ruling on cases represented by the same law firm that provided him free legal services.
|By: David Dayen Wednesday October 19, 2011 1:30 pm|
The Massachusetts Supreme Court ruled yesterday that a homeowner who bought a foreclosure that hadn’t been properly conducted by the foreclosing bank in 2006 didn’t have legal ownership of the property. That ruling means the banks have clouded the title to homes sales all over the country and may have destroyed much of the legal foundation for the housing market.
|By: David Dayen Saturday June 25, 2011 12:45 pm|
David Prosser, just re-elected to another 10-year term on the Wisconsin Supreme Court in a tight election, allegedly “grabbed fellow Justice Ann Bradley Walsh by the neck” prior to the release of the hasty ruling on the anti-union bill, which the court eventually upheld.
|By: David Dayen Tuesday June 14, 2011 5:36 pm|
The Wisconsin Supreme Court, just hours before a deadline imposed by state legislative Republicans, just reinstated the anti-union law which a district court judge had blocked because it violated state open meetings requirements. They made the novel interpretation that those requirements don’t apply to the legislature.
|By: David Dayen Monday May 23, 2011 1:20 pm|
The Government Accountability Board, the overseer of statewide elections in Wisconsin, threw out most challenges to recall petitions for three Republican state Senators. This means that the recall elections will almost certainly go forward in those three races, against Sens. Dan Kapanke, Luther Olsen and Randy Hopper.
In other Wisconsin news, the recount in the state Supreme Court race between Republican David Prosser and Democrat JoAnne Kloppenburg has finished.
|By: David Dayen Thursday May 5, 2011 11:45 am|
We’re starting to get an outline of how Wisconsin Republicans will proceed on their anti-union bill stripping most collective bargaining rights for public employees. The version they passed back in March is tied up in court, due to procedural missteps. Republicans have so far pronounced themselves innocent of the charges – but they could end that court action by simply passing the bill in the proper manner. And now, they’re setting the parameters to do that.