The petition by 54 retired circuit judges asking the Wisconsin Supreme Court to require all state judges to step away from cases involving large donors to their election campaigns reflects broader concerns among lawyers and judges about the way the state’s highest court is functioning, according to retired Circuit Judge Thomas Barland of Eau Claire.
By April Barker, Wisconsin Freedom of Information Council
In March, for the second year in a row, Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker issued a very welcome executive order regarding the state’s open records law.
It notes that “the American republic and the State of Wisconsin were founded on the basis of broad accountability of government to the people.” And it declares that ”the free flow of information from the government to the people instills trust and confidence in our democracy and ensures that our government is accessible, accountable, and open.”
By Dee J. Hall, Wisconsin Center for Investigative Journalism Beverly Walker doubts that the governor’s plan to abolish the Wisconsin Parole Commission will add efficiency to a sluggish system, and she suspects it would make qualifying for parole even more difficult. Her husband, Baron Walker, has been imprisoned for nearly 22 years on a 60-year […]
By Sami Edge and Sean Holstege, News21 Note: This report is part of the series titled “Voting Wars – Rights | Power | Privilege,” produced by the Carnegie-Knight News21 initiative, a national investigative reporting project by top college journalism students across the country. The project is led by two award-winning professional journalists – former Washington Post editor Leonard Downie, […]
By David Gordon, Associate Editor Chippewa Valley Post Our current lead story (http://cvpost.org/12734-2/), by Dee J. Hall at the Wisconsin Center for Investigative Journalism (WCIJ), raised several practical and ethical concerns that had to be satisfied before we decided to publish it. In the interest of transparency, here’s a brief look at what went into that decision. […]