Cap Times: Wisconsin’s Gordon Giampietro is entirely unacceptable federal court nominee


Gordon Giampietro should withdraw over his failure to disclose to the nominating commission his out-of-the-mainstream views on gay rights, marriage equality, reproductive rights and civil rights, says the Cap Times editorial team.

Baldwin ‘deeply troubled’ by comments of Trump judicial nominee


U.S. Sen. Tammy Baldwin continues to express concerns about Gordon Giampietro, the attorney nominated by President Trump for federal judge in Wisconsin’s Eastern District. “He’s asking for a lifetime appointment,” Baldwin said. “He’s never been a judge before, and people need to believe he’d be independent, fair and impartial.” > Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

Catholic bishops ask Baldwin not to block judicial nomination


Wisconsin’s Catholic bishops have called on U.S. Sen. Tammy Baldwin not to block the nomination of Gordon Giampietro to the federal bench. Their intervention came in a letter from the five bishops days after BuzzFeed published what it said were “disparaging comments about diversity, same-sex relationships, and birth control” by Giampietro. > Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

Trump’s judicial nominees for Wisconsin spark protests


Civil rights advocates and progressive groups are denouncing President Trump’s move to nominate Gordon Giampietro to fill a vacancy on the Eastern District of the federal court in Wisconsin, as well as his nomination of Michael Brennan to fill the “Wisconsin seat” on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 7th Circuit. > Wisconsin Gazette

Red flags should sink judicial nomination of Michael Brennan for Wisconsin district


The Senate set aside its own longstanding traditions and rules when it voted to approve Donald Trump’s nomination of Michael Brennan to fill the “Wisconsin seat” on the 7th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals. Though Brennan’s views have raised flags, Republicans are using a faulty process to put him on the bench. > Cap Times

Trump nominee for Wisconsin judicial district calls same-sex marriage ‘against God’s plan’


The Trump administration is defending the president’s federal court nominee for the Eastern District of Wisconsin, who has come under attack from LGBT advocates and U.S. Sen. Tammy Baldwin after saying same-sex marriage is worse than abortion because of “the damage it does to civil society.” > Washington Times

John Doe judge peppers attorneys with questions over Walker probe


A judge gave attorneys 60 days to file briefs on a host of questions that will determine whether the years-long John Doe proceedings can continue. The matter started as an investigation into Wisconsin Republicans but has developed into an attempt to find prosecutors and investigators in contempt of court. > Milwaukee Journal Sentinel