Milwaukee Journal Sentinel: Milwaukee County assistant district attorney won't prosecute members of Wisconsin Elections Commission, citing insufficient evidence.
"Claims have been made that residents who did not request a ballot voted because someone requested a ballot on their behalf and voted on their behalf. There has been no evidence submitted that any of the individuals who received ballots did not request them."
CBS 58 (WDJT): During sentencing hearing Milwaukee County judge speaks out about violence, says Milwaukee has turned into a sewer.
WisPolitics.com: Advocates voice opposition to eliminating Felmers O. Chaney Correctional Center to gain Lincoln Hills replacement.
“We believe that Milwaukeeans should not have to choose between bringing our incarcerated youth closer to home and helping our Milwaukee men reintegrate into their communities,” said Abby Kanyer, community engagement manager of the ACLU of Wisconsin said at the press conference. “Our criminal legal system fractures, separates and breaks up Milwaukee families. In bringing the youth at Lincoln Hills closer to home while preserving a site for crucial reentry services, we are bringing families closer together.”
Wisconsin Public Radio: Assembly majority leader says Wisconsin will legalize marijuana at some point and that decertifying the 2020 election is impossible.
Vox: U.S. Supreme Court leaves in place court orders on voting maps in North Carolina and Pennsylvania (for now).
In both cases, Republican lawmakers asked the US Supreme Court to overturn these court-drawn maps by relying on the so-called “independent state legislature doctrine,” which claims that state lawmakers — and only state lawmakers — are allowed to determine how states conduct federal elections.
The Atlantic: Originalists' attack on the right to counsel.
The 2019 case Garza v. Idaho, which involved a defendant whose attorney did not file an appeal despite his request, because the defendant had earlier signed a waiver agreeing not to appeal, offers an illustration of this position. In that case, a majority found that the defendant’s Sixth Amendment rights had been violated. Three justices—Clarence Thomas, Neil Gorsuch, and Samuel Alito—dissented, with Gorsuch joining part of Thomas’s dissent suggesting that the 1963 case Gideon v. Wainwright, which guaranteed a right to counsel for those who could not afford to pay, should be overturned. “The Court has read the Constitution to require not only a right to counsel at taxpayers’ expense, but a right to effective counsel,” Thomas complained, adding that “the right to counsel is not an assurance of an error-free trial or even a reliable result … Our ever-growing right-to-counsel precedents directly conflict with the government’s legitimate interest in the finality of criminal judgments.”
On the one hand, it is true that human fallibility means that a mistake might be made at trial that does not compromise the integrity of the entire process. But on the other hand, the idea that a “reliable result” in a criminal trial is less important than “the finality of criminal judgments” turns Thomas’s argument into a long-winded paraphrase of Stephen Colbert’s quip that “due process is just a process that you do.”
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