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Wisconsin Supreme Court chambers in the state Capitol. (Shutterstock)
Wisconsin Supreme Court Rules Local Officials Can’t Close Schools, Another Blow to Public Health

Conservatives on the state's high court have consistently ruled against public health restrictions implemented to guard against COVID-19.

Former Minneapolis police Officer Derek Chauvin, center, is taken into custody as his attorney, Eric Nelson, left, looks on, after the verdicts were read at Chauvin's trial for the 2020 death of George Floyd.
’Amen!’—Wisconsin Reacts to Chauvin Conviction. State’s Racial Disparities Task Force Begins to Wrap Up.

Jurors in Minneapolis convict former police officer. Wisconsin panel still debating a "use of force" policy.

An archival image of the Plainfield Tunnel Channel Lakes in Waushara County, which have experienced a reduction in water levels due to groundwater withdrawals for irrigated agriculture. (Photo credit: Wisconsin DNR)
Clean Water at Stake as WI Supreme Court Hears Appeals to Take GOP Restrictions Off the DNR

Clean Wisconsin asks the court to remove legislative micromanagement citing megafarm pollution and high-capacity wells draining lakes.

State Supreme Court Rejects Right-Wing Legal Group’s Effort to Deregister 70,000 Voters

Two conservative justices join liberals in striking down the attempted deregistration of tens of thousands of voters.

Wisconsin Supreme Court chambers in the state Capitol. (Shutterstock)
WI Supreme Court Conservatives Strike Down Evers’ Mask Order, Ending Only Statewide COVID Safeguard

The court’s four conservative justices leave Wisconsin without a state of emergency despite the ongoing pandemic.

Graphic via Denzel Boyd
Biden’s Next Big Challenge: How to Deal With Trump’s Takeover of the Courts

“If somebody believes they are a victim of discrimination in their workplace, the final say on whether our civil rights laws are properly enforced is a lower court judge,” Daniel Goldberg, legal director of the nonprofit advocacy group Alliance for Justice, told COURIER.

Kyle Rittenhouse holding up a "white power" hand signal.
Kyle Rittenhouse Made White-Power Signs as He Took Photos with Proud Boys, Prosecutors Say

“The defendant’s continued association with members of a group that prides itself on violence, and the use of their symbols, raises the significant possibility of future harm."