WKOW: Attorney General Josh Kaul says he's not planning to enforce old abortion prohibition if Roe v. Wade is overturned.
"Whether a law that has been dormant for essentially two generations would all of a sudden spring back to life is really an unprecedented issue," Kaul said. "I think there'd be litigation over that."
Kaul, the state's top law enforcement official, said his office would not uphold the abortion law, saying the Wisconsin Department of Justice was better served focusing its resources on other crimes like homicide and drug trafficking.
Wispolitics.com: Governor Tony Evers appoints Ryan Hetzel to Washington County Circuit Court.
The New York Times: Who benefits from the Supreme Court leak?
Kermit Roosevelt, a law professor at the University of Pennsylvania, said the source was probably trying to increase the price of switching positions.
“In terms of who leaked it and why, it seems much more likely to me that it comes from the right in response to an actual or threatened defection by one of the five who voted to overturn Roe,” he said. “Leaking this early draft makes that more costly for a defector because now people will think that they changed their vote after the leak in response to public outrage.”
The Guardian: More on the Supreme Court draft-decision leak, including statements from Marquette University law professor.
Edward Fallone, an associate professor at Marquette University Law School in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, said: “It’s unprecedented. Even those few instances where a law clerk, after leaving the court, wrote a ‘tell-all’ book was viewed as unprecedented then, but for a draft opinion in the midst of the process to come out, I can’t think of any single example.”
Reuters: Federal government to extend immigrant work permits due to renewal-processing backlog.
Yahoo (Associated Press): Judge denies motion to dismiss lawsuit seeking government liability for 1921 Tulsa massacre.
The city and insurance companies never compensated victims for their losses, and the massacre ultimately resulted in racial and economic disparities that still exist today, the lawsuit claims. In the years following the massacre, according to the lawsuit, city and county officials actively thwarted the community’s effort to rebuild and neglected the Greenwood and predominantly Black north Tulsa community in favor of overwhelmingly white parts of Tulsa.
USA Today: Tennessee governor suspends 2022 executions to review lethal injection process.
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