Lawyers, judges ask Wisconsin Supreme Court to raise defense lawyer pay from lowest-in-nation level

Attorneys and judges throughout the state told the Wisconsin Supreme Court this week that the state’s funding for public defenders and other court-appointed lawyers was so low it had created a constitutional crisis. The state pays private attorneys $40 per hour to take public defender cases, which is the lowest in the nation. > Wisconsin Public Radio

Nichols: Ron Johnson wants to make federal courts a playground for extremism

Wisconsin has for decades maintained a sound system for taking at least some of the politics out of the federal judicial-selection process. Yet Sen. Ron Johnson voted to make Michael Brennan, a right-wing judicial activist, a federal appeals judge, even though Wisconsin’s bipartisan judicial nominating commission refused to recommend him. > Cap Times

Republicans fill court seat they denied Obama for 6 years


The Senate voted along party lines Thursday to confirm Michael Brennan to a lifetime seat on Wisconsin’s U.S. Court of Appeals, despite Sen. Tammy Baldwin withholding her “blue slip”. The seat was the nation’s longest circuit court vacancy, and the reason it went unfilled for so long largely came down to Sen. Ron Johnson. > HuffPost

Baldwin’s withholding of ‘blue slip’ for nominated judge at center of raging judicial wars


In a rare volley in the judicial wars, Democratic-aligned groups are pressuring their own party in a new ad campaign. The campaign demands that Democratic senators commit to voting en masse against any Donald Trump judicial nominees should Senate Republicans advance one without the formal sign-off of his or her home-state senator. > Daily Beast

US Senate could vote this week on controversial Wisconsin judicial nominee

The U.S. Senate could vote this week to fill a longstanding federal court vacancy for Wisconsin over the objection of U.S. Sen. Tammy Baldwin. The vote by GOP senators would clear the way for Milwaukee attorney Michael Brennan to fill a seat on the 7th Circuit Court of Appeals in Chicago. > Wisconsin Public Radio

Baldwin urges Trump to withdraw Gordon Giampietro judicial nomination

U.S. Sen. Tammy Baldwin said Tuesday that she won’t support federal judicial nominee Gordon Giampietro and urged President Donald Trump to consider other candidates. Giampietro was nominated for federal judge in the state’s Eastern District. > Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

Wisconsin struggling to find enough attorneys due to lowest pay in nation


Wisconsin’s low compensation rate for private attorneys has contributed to the shortage of lawyers willing to represent people who can’t afford a private attorney, according to state officials.  The state Public Defender’s Office pays attorneys $40 an hour to represent poorer clients, the lowest compensation rate in the U.S. for such cases. > AP News