ABC: Retired Juneau County Circuit Judge John Roemer killed in his home; had sentenced suspect in 2005.
Courthouse News Service: Wisconsin Supreme Court holds that refusal to submit to blood test can't be counted as a prior operating-while-intoxicated offense.
In a 4-3 majority opinion penned by Justice Rebecca Dallet, the high court said the part of Wisconsin’s graduated-penalty scheme for OWI offenses that allows for previous revocations over refusing a blood test to be counted as criminal offenses in determining the penalty for multiple-OWI crimes is unconstitutional “because it threatens with criminal penalties those who exercise their Fourth Amendment right to be free from unreasonable searches,” agreeing with the defendant in the underlying case.
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel: Data show drop in sexual-assault prosecutions in Milwaukee County.
Prosecutors issued charges in 40% of the 306 cases referred to them last year, a drop from a charging rate of 55% in 2016.
The total number of referrals last year represented a 44% drop from the 551 cases referred in 2016, according to data from the Milwaukee County District Attorney’s Office.
The New York Times: Upcoming Supreme Court decision may hamper environmental protection measures.
The justices will determine how much authority the Environmental Protection Agency has to address the climate crisis by regulating emissions of climate-warming carbon dioxide from power plants.
Reuters: D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals extends discrimination law to workplace transfers.
The court revived a lawsuit by Mary Chambers, a former investigator for the District of Columbia Attorney General's office who claims her numerous requests for lateral transfers to different divisions were denied while similar requests from male colleagues were granted. . . .
The D.C. Circuit agreed on Friday, saying the (Title VII) law broadly prohibits discrimination with respect to "compensation, terms, conditions, or privileges of employment," and that no requirement to show harm exists in the law.
Insider: House Democrat proposes creative way to get gun restrictions passed using excise tax.
"What it's intended to do is provide another creative pathway to actually make some sensible gun control happen," (Rep. Don) Beyer told Insider. "We think that a 1,000% fee on assault weapons is just the kind of restrictive measure that creates enough fiscal impact to qualify for reconciliation."
Crooks & Liars: Rights groups demand that Google change location tracking in advance of Roe being overturned.
"Google's collection and storage of location data will make the company complicit in the criminalization of people seeking abortions in a post-Roe world," said the groups, including Fight for the Future, MediaJustice, and Amnesty International. "The company must immediately stop unnecessary collection and retention of our location data." . . .
In 2020, (Google) received 11,554 geofence warrants from law enforcement agencies, according to data published by Google. Should Roe be overturned, as a leaked draft Supreme Court opinion last month suggested it will be, prosecutors in more than two dozen states where abortion would be banned without the ruling in place could demand that Google share its data showing who visited abortion clinics over a period of time.
Above the Law: Alex Jones' attempt to use bankruptcy to block trial of Sandy Hook families' claims didn't work.
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