Milwaukee Journal Sentinel: Common Council committee approves $650,000 settlement in Milwaukee police shooting case.
Wisconsin Public Radio: UW System Prison Education Initiative gains momentum.
A two-year push to make college education more accessible to Wisconsin inmates has gained momentum with nearly $6 million in public and private grants.
The funding will help matriculate inmates and "break the back of recidivism," Tommy Thompson, University of Wisconsin System interim president and former governor, said.
CNN: How Justice Breyer's departure may change Court dynamics.
Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor would gain new power, Justice Elena Kagan will likely recalibrate her negotiating style and Chief Justice John Roberts may have less chance for compromise.
NBC: Alabama asks U.S. Supreme Court to let it use maps that lower court struck down.
The Soapbox: The Ninth Circuit Trump judge ranting about colleagues and calling precedent silly.
(Federal Circuit Judge Lawrence) VanDyke’s behavior on the Ninth Circuit may have been predictable, then, but that doesn’t make it any less troubling. In one immigration case, VanDyke accused other Ninth Circuit judges of “barely disguised shenanigans” and “mischief,” while in another he called circuit precedent “silly” and said the court had a “nasty habit of muddling immigration law.” Last August, when the Ninth Circuit refused to review a three-judge panel decision in a habeas corpus case, he strenuously criticized his colleagues for not reversing the panel’s ruling. He compared the other judges to “a sullen kid who spits in the cookie jar after being caught red-handed,” referring to the Supreme Court’s record of overturning Ninth Circuit habeas rulings. “To give credit where credit is due: my diligent clerk did prepare a very nice string-cite spanning multiple pages,” he said of the list of reversals. “But including it felt awkward—like trying to shame a career offender with his rap sheet.” What a way to describe your co-workers.
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