The Freeman (AP): Defense attorneys seek delay of trial in Waukesha Christmas Parade case, citing volume of evidence and delays in production by prosecutors.
Fox6: Audit causes Milwaukee Police Department to reissue more than 7000 citations.
The New York Times: Opinion on the use of rap lyrics to convict, with focus on case of young man in Racine County.
Tommy Munsdwell Canady was in middle school when he wrote his first rap lyrics. He started out freestyling for friends and family, and after two of his cousins were fatally shot, he found solace in making music. “Before I knew it, my pain started influencing all my songs,” he told me in a letter. By his 15th birthday, Mr. Canady was recording and sharing his music online. His tracks had a homemade sound: a pulsing beat mixed with vocals, the words hard to make out through ambient static. That summer, in 2014, Mr. Canady released a song on SoundCloud, “I’m Out Here,” that would change his life.
In Racine, Wis., where Mr. Canady lived, the police had been searching for suspects in three recent shootings. One of the victims, Sémar McClain, 19, had been found dead in an alley with a bullet in his temple, his pocket turned out, a cross in one hand and a gold necklace with a pendant of Jesus’ face by his side. The crime scene investigation turned up no fingerprints, weapons or eyewitnesses. Then, in early August, Mr. McClain’s stepfather contacted the police about a song he’d heard on SoundCloud that he believed mentioned Mr. McClain’s name and referred to his murder.
Slate: District judge blocks military vaccine requirement with new order after Supreme Court vacated last one.
How close can a district court judge come to disobeying the Supreme Court without technically defying it? Judge Reed O’Connor wants to find out. Last week, in a 6–3 order, the Supreme Court halted his unprecedented injunction attempting to order the deployment of 35 Navy SEALs and other special warfare troops who refused to get the COVID vaccine on religious grounds. In a concurrence, Justice Brett Kavanaugh explained that courts may not exercise their power “in a manner that military commanders believe would impair the military of the United States as it defends the American people.”
But O’Connor, a George W. Bush appointee, didn’t seem to get the message. Just three days later, he issued a far more sweeping order granting 4,095 service members a religious exemption from the COVID vaccine. The Navy already denied these exemptions, but O’Connor overrode its judgment, holding that there is no “compelling interest” to justify the mandate.
Above the Law: Navy plans to name ship to honor Hon. Ruth Bader Ginsburg.
ABA Journal: Protest leader may be held liable for officer's injuries caused by third party at protest event says Louisiana Supreme Court.
JD Supra: Federal court in Texas says law barring drone use for newsgathering violates First Amendment.
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