The Capital Times: Dane County judge orders Wisconsin Assembly to pay legal fees incurred by American Oversight in records case.
At the hearing, the judge criticized Gableman’s work.
“Here, I guess what we found out from this long and tortuous road is that, at least for the first part of this investigation, there was no actual work being done,” (Judge Valerie) Bailey-Rihn said. “The taxpayers were paying $11,000 for somebody to sit at the New Berlin Library to learn about election law because they had no experience in election law,” she added about Gableman.
Bailey-Rihn also said Gableman’s work uncovered “absolutely” no substantial election fraud.
The Hill: House Jan. 6 committee to share evidence with federal justice department.
The New York Times: Understanding the severe impact of Alabama's reliance on fines and fees.
In states like Alabama, almost every interaction a person has with the criminal justice system comes with a financial cost. If you’re assigned to a pretrial program to reduce your sentence, each class attended incurs a fee. If you’re on probation, you’ll pay a fee to take your mandatory urine test. If you appear in drug court, you will face more fees, sometimes dozens of times a year. Often, you don’t even have to break the law; you’ll pay fees to pull a public record or apply for a permit. For poor people, this system is a trap, sucking them into a cycle of sometimes unpayable debt that constrains their lives and almost guarantees financial hardship.
While almost every state in the country, both red and blue, levies fines and fees that fall disproportionately on the bottom rung of the income ladder, the situation in Alabama is far more dramatic, thanks to the peculiarities of its Constitution. Over a century ago, wealthy landowners and businessmen rewrote the Constitution to cap taxes permanently. As a result, today, Alabama has one of the cruelest tax systems in the country.
Courthouse News Service: Federal judge says female high-school football player can sue for discrimination under Title IX by religious school that refused to play against her.
First Baptist sent a letter to her school saying she wasn’t welcome to participate in games at Valley Christian (the church's school) and that the school was changing its football schedule to avoid having to play against her. . . .
Andrew Miltenberg, an attorney for the student, said in a statement that the judge had set a precedent for private and independent schools in California that receipt of PPP funding constitutes federal financial assistance and thus, mandates their compliance with anti-discrimination laws such as Title IX.
“There is a scarcity of law in this area and we are pleased that a California court has addressed this matter as it gives clarity and future guidance for other jurisdictions to follow,” Miltenberg said. “In the year 2022, it is unacceptable for any educational institution, public or private, to blatantly discriminate against women in this country.”
Worth Rises: Comparing the price of prison and jail calls nationwide.
Associated Press: Protest at Pope Francis' mass in Montreal about papal decrees that backed the taking of indigenous land.
The brief protest underscored one of the lingering issues facing the Holy See following Francis’ historic apology for the Catholic Church’s involvement in Canada’s notorious residential schools, where generations of Indigenous peoples were forcibly removed from their families and cultures to assimilate them into Christian, Canadian society. Francis has spent the week in Canada seeking to atone for the trauma and suffering of First Nations, Metis and Inuit peoples.
Beyond the apology, Indigenous peoples have called on Francis to formally rescind the 15th century papal decrees, or bulls, that provided European kingdoms the religious backing to expand their territories for the sake of spreading Christianity. Those decrees have been seen as underpinning the Doctrine of Discovery, a legal concept coined in a 1823 U.S. Supreme Court decision that has come to be understood as meaning that ownership and sovereignty over land passed to Europeans because they “discovered” it.
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