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Judge grants Wisconsin Capitol protesters extension for filing papers, criticizes state's 'thin' analysis of prosecution costs

In late January, the Wisconsin Department of Justice took a new tack in its prosecution of ticket cases for Capitol protesters. Citing the defendants' failure to notify the Legislature's Joint Committee for Review of Administrative Rules that they were fighting the citations in court, DOJ attorneys asked judges to dismiss the cases. >More
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Wisconsin Department of Justice files cost-benefit analysis of Capitol protest prosecution with no numbers

Dane County Judge Peter Anderson might have been looking for some numbers when he asked the Wisconsin Department of Justice to estimate the costs and benefits of prosecuting Capitol tickets. But that's not what he got. In a response filed March 27, Assistant Deputy Attorney General Daniel P. Lennington argued that enforcing the "rule of law" has value beyond "reducing monetary enforcement expenses" to all citizens. >More
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Wisconsin DOJ to appeal Dane County court ruling dismissing Solidarity Sing Along tickets on constitutional grounds

According to Assistant Attorney General Devra Ayala, the Wisconsin Department of Justice is planning to appeal Dane County Judge John Markson's ruling that the state's permitting requirements for Capitol gatherings are unconstitutional. Markson dismissed 29 tickets that had been issued to participants in the Solidarity Sing Along on the basis of his Feb. 5 decision in State of Wisconsin vs. Michael W. Crute and his ruling has since been used by other Dane County judges to also toss Capitol citations. >More
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Pussy Riot members petition Wisconsin attorney general to stop prosecuting Solidarity Sing Along (updated)

Two members of the Russian punk band Pussy Riot are speaking out in support of the Solidarity Sing Along, which has for three years protested Gov. Scott Walker's policies on weekdays at the Capitol. Nadya Tolokonikova and Masha Alyokhina appear in a video launched Tuesday by the human-rights group the Voice Project. >More
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Dane County judge rules permit requirements for Wisconsin Capitol gatherings unconstitutional

Dane County Judge John Markson has dismissed 29 tickets issued to participants in the Solidarity Sing Along, ruling the state's permitting requirements for Capitol gatherings unconstitutional. In one of two written rulings issued Wednesday, Markson said he agreed with defendant Michael W. Crute, who argued that the state's permit requirement "violates the First Amendment because it applies, on its face, to very small groups." >More
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Dane County judge calls for cost-benefit analysis of prosecuting Wisconsin Capitol protesters

For a year and a half, the Wisconsin Department of Justice has been prosecuting individuals cited for protesting at the Capitol. With protesters demanding jury trials instead of paying their tickets, it looked like the process would take a toll on the DOJ, not to mention taxpayers. >More
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Wisconsin Capitol protesters take constitutional fight to Dane County court

Nine attorneys, including Jeff Scott Olson, will ask Dane County Judge John Markson this week to dismiss the tickets their clients received while attending the noontime Solidarity Sing Along protests over the summer. The attorneys will argue that the arrests, authorized under the state emergency rules banning "unlawful assembly," violate their clients' right of free speech and assembly under the U.S. and Wisconsin constitutions. >More
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Walker officials could face depositions in Wisconsin Capitol ticket cases

Since imposing new permitting rules for the state Capitol, the chief administrators of the policy have been virtually silent on the details. They have left almost all comment to Department of Administration spokeswoman Stephanie Marquis. But a new state appeals court ruling could put Capitol Police Chief David Erwin, Department of Administration Secretary Mike Huebsch and Capitol Police officers on the hot seat. >More
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Protesters file some 15,000 complaints against Capitol police over Solidarity Sing Along arrests

Capitol protesters are no longer just contesting the tickets they've received for participating in the Solidarity Sing Along. They're filing their own complaints against the Capitol Police officers who wrote the tickets. On Tuesday, Bob Syring and Jerry McDonough filed some 15,000 complaints with the Capitol Police, alleging officers engaged in harassment and other misconduct in issuing about 250 citations to protesters between July 24, 2013, and Sept. 6. >More
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Raging Grannies singer detained, handcuffed by Wisconsin Capitol police in case of mistaken identity

After singing with the Raging Grannies of Madison at a rally outside the state Capitol Thursday, Andrea Musher stopped by the office of Rep. Dianne Hesselbein (D-Middleton). Musher says when she left to use a nearby bathroom, six male Capitol Police officers and one female officer came into the bathroom, told her to put her hands behind her back, "slammed" her against the sink and handcuffed her. >More
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