How Justices Vote in Termination of Parental Rights Cases

A recent post on juvenile-defendant decisions filed by the Wisconsin Supreme Court from September 1, 1992, through August 31, 2017, omitted termination-of-parental-rights (TPR) cases, as these did not concern juveniles charged with crimes.  However, the set of TPR decisions accumulated during this research merits a brief post of its own, for these decisions contain some interesting features and, of course, center on an emotional question.

That question—“Should a parent be deprived of future involvement with his or her children?”—was answered “yes” by the justices in 71% (5/7) of their decisions.[1][Continue Reading…]

Fantasy League Update

This week’s decisions favored the Citations, who gained ten points from the work of Crivello Carlson (brief, oral argument, and favorable decision in Springer v. Nohl Electric).  Although this left the Citations in last place, they pulled to within four points of the Waivers (who picked up three points for the brief filed by Gimbel, Reilly, Guerin & Brown in Springer v. Nohl Electric).

Meanwhile, at the top of the standings, the Gavels of the State Public Defender’s Office padded their lead with five points from a brief and oral argument in State v. Sholar

Click here for the current standings.

Fantasy League Update

This week’s decisions brought points to three teams, with the Affirmed making the biggest jump thanks to ten points from Kasdorf Lewis & Swietlik (brief, oral argument, and favorable outcome in Thoma v. Village of Slinger) and five points from … [Continue reading]

Wisconsin Supreme Court Statistics, 1979-1980

These tables are derived from information contained in 196 Wisconsin Supreme Court decisions that were turned up in a Lexis search for decisions filed between September 1, 1979, and August 31, 1980.  The total of 196 decisions does not include … [Continue reading]

Fantasy League Update

With five points this week for a brief and oral argument in State v. Jones, the Gavels of the State Public Defender’s Office extended their lead. Click here for the current standings. … [Continue reading]

Crowd-Sourcing Invitation

This is a monthly reminder to readers to “nominate” any Wisconsin Supreme Court cases from the 2017-18 term that contain surprising aspects.  I will maintain a collection of cases submitted and post them at the end of the summer.  “Surprising … [Continue reading]

Fantasy League Update

The court did not file any decisions this past week—hence, no change in the standings. … [Continue reading]

Votes by Individual Justices in First Amendment Cases

After posting recently on the Fourth and Sixth Amendments, I’m happy to respond to a request for information on the votes cast by individual justices in First Amendment cases.  The findings below are derived from a set of eleven cases turned up in a … [Continue reading]

Fantasy League Update

This week’s flurry of decisions brought points to four of the league’s five teams.  The Gavels of the State Public Defender’s Office tightened their grip on first place with a ten-point performance (briefs and oral arguments in both Winnebago County … [Continue reading]

How Justices Vote in Juvenile Defendant Cases

This post examines the supreme court’s handling of juvenile cases over the 25 years from September 1, 1992, through August 31, 2017.  By itself, the phrase “juvenile cases” could refer to a variety of actions, including termination-of-parental-rights … [Continue reading]