Madison365: Wisconsin Supreme Court bans indiscriminate shackling of children in court.
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel: Assembly passes proposed constitutional amendment reforming bail.
The Assembly resolution would amend Wisconsin’s constitution to allow court commissioners and judges to consider the seriousness of the charged crime, a person’s prior criminal record and protection of the community when setting an amount of cash bail.
The measure would need to pass the Legislature this year, and again next year, before it would go before voters statewide in order to become part of the state constitution. Democratic Gov. Tony Evers cannot veto the measure.
The Hill: Ron Johnson now opposing William Pocan's nomination for federal judge.
Johnson and Sen. Tammy Baldwin (D-Wis.) previously recommended Pocan as a potential pick to fill the vacancy. Wisconsin uses a nominating commission that recommends four to six names to the senators, who then formally make recommendations to the president.
Vox: How U.S. Senate seats affect Supreme Court confirmations.
The fact that each state gets two senators, regardless of population, has a massive distorting effect on American politics — especially because Republicans are more likely to control low-population states. Thanks to this malapportionment, every voter in red Wyoming has 68 times more impact on the makeup of the Senate than each voter in blue California.
In the current Senate, Democrats and Republicans each control the same number of seats, but Democratic senators represent nearly 42 million more people than their Republican counterparts. Indeed, if the United States chose senators in free and fair elections where every citizen’s vote counts equally, Republicans would not have controlled the Senate since the late 1990s.
Because every federal judge must be confirmed by the Senate, Senate malapportionment is the primary reason why conservative Republicans dominate the Supreme Court — although the Electoral College, which allowed both George W. Bush and Donald Trump to occupy the White House after losing the popular vote, sure didn’t help. If the United States were governed by the principle of one person, one vote, President Barack Obama would have filled the late Justice Antonin Scalia’s seat in 2016, and none of Trump’s justices would have been confirmed.
CNN: Trump Organization back in as defendant in case against inaugural committee alleging misuse of funds..
WWBT: Virginia Senate passes bill legalizing recreational marijuana.
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