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Thu Feb 6, 2014, 09:15 AM

 

Wisconsin: Solidarity Singers vindicated, arrests ruled unconsititutional

http://wcmcoop.com/2014/02/05/judge-markson-declares-administrative-code-unconstitutional-dismisses-charges/

Dane County Judge John Markson dismissed charges against political dissidents arrested during Scott Walker’s failed crackdown on unauthorized singing in the Wisconsin State Capitol.

Defendants Michael Crute and John Bell, among others, had challenged the constitutionality of the emergency rules, arguing their First Amendment rights under the WI and US Constitutions were violated. Markson agreed in a written decision issued today. Department of Justice Assistant Attorney General Rebecca Weise had argued the cases should proceed.

Markson’s ruling could set precedent that would lead to the dismissal of ~300 charges issued under Administrative Code 2.14(2)(vm)(5) for “unlawful assembly” last summer.

Michael Crute and his attorney Jeff Scott Olson issued a press release. “This is Scott Walker’s ‘Bridge-Gate’,” said Michael Crute.

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Reply Wisconsin: Solidarity Singers vindicated, arrests ruled unconsititutional (Original post)
Scuba Feb 2014 OP
AllyCat Feb 2014 #1
charmay Feb 2014 #2
hue Feb 2014 #3
Enthusiast Feb 2014 #4
mokawanis Feb 2014 #5
riversedge Feb 2014 #6
hue Feb 2014 #7
Lefta Dissenter Feb 2014 #8
Scuba Feb 2014 #9
Lefta Dissenter Feb 2014 #10

Response to Scuba (Original post)

Thu Feb 6, 2014, 10:07 AM

1. Seems this should be in GD

Thesis huge news. I have two friends now out of the legal system over this

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Response to Scuba (Original post)

Thu Feb 6, 2014, 10:18 AM

2. Great news!

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Response to Scuba (Original post)

Thu Feb 6, 2014, 10:21 AM

3. Not the final word tho:"The state Justice Department is reviewing the ruling."

http://www.jrn.com/tmj4/news/Judge-throws-out-Wis-Capitol-protest-case-243854581.html

CREATED Feb. 5, 2014
MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- A judge has struck down permit rules being used to prosecute outstanding tickets against Wisconsin Capitol protesters.

A Dane County judge Wednesday dismissed a ticket against Michael Crute.

The judge found state rules requiring small groups of protesters in the statehouse to obtain a permit were unconstitutional.

The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reports the ruling has a limited effect because of a settlement in a prior case.

To settle a federal free speech lawsuit, Gov. Scott Walker's administration agreed in October to pay more than $88,000 in attorneys fees and drop its requirement that larger groups protesting in the Capitol receive a permit.

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They are reporting that this is where Wanker's legal defense $$ went. Well spun!

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Response to Scuba (Original post)

Fri Feb 7, 2014, 10:05 AM

4. Hear that, Walker, you complete asshole?

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Response to Scuba (Original post)

Sat Feb 8, 2014, 01:47 AM

5. He's in need of some restraint

and in this case, restraint is being applied.

Wasting time, money, and energy to violate free speech and bust people for supposed unlawful assembly. What a governor!

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Response to mokawanis (Reply #5)

Sat Feb 8, 2014, 09:12 AM

6. Wasted taxpayer money. While Walker campaigns out of state

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Response to mokawanis (Reply #5)

Sat Feb 8, 2014, 01:08 PM

7. "He's in need of some restraint" errr, like prison!!!

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Response to Scuba (Original post)

Mon Feb 10, 2014, 06:13 PM

8. Did someone say "VINDICATED?"

It took just a little bit of creativity with our "UNINTIMIDATED" letters...


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Response to Lefta Dissenter (Reply #8)

Mon Feb 10, 2014, 06:18 PM

9. You are the clever one.

 

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Response to Scuba (Reply #9)

Thu Feb 13, 2014, 12:44 AM

10. HA, I don't get the credit.

We were holding "Unintimidated," and one of our friends came dashing over and started rearranging letters. It was the day after the Markson decision.

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