Wisconsin high court backs Ho-Chunk, protects burial sites


A concrete company can’t dig up American Indian burial mounds located within its southern Wisconsin quarry, the state Supreme Court ruled Tuesday. The case revolves around Wingra Redi-Mix’s eight-year effort to excavate effigy mounds within its quarry in Blooming Grove. > AP News

State Supreme Court moves to raise pay for some lawyers representing poor defendants


After years of mounting evidence that Wisconsin’s lawyers are turning down requests to represent poor defendants because of the state’s lowest-in-the-nation $40 hourly pay, the Supreme Court has decided to raise the rate, in some cases, to $100. > Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

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

Wisconsin Supreme Court hears arguments in school powers case, aka Walker vs. Evers


The Wisconsin Supreme Court heard arguments Tuesday in a complicated constitutional clash between Gov. Scott Walker and state schools superintendent Tony Evers, a Democratic gubernatorial rival. But first Evers’ attorneys hope to persuade the court to let them defend their boss, rather than Republican Attorney General Brad Schimel. > Wisconsin Public Radio

Justice Shirley Abrahamson undergoing medical tests, participating in Wisconsin cases by phone

Long-time Wisconsin Supreme Court Justice Shirley Abrahamson is undergoing medical tests and hasn’t been in court for more than a week. While the testing is being done, Abrahamson has been listening to arguments by telephone so she can participate in the cases, according to her office. > Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

Group calls for Justice Bradley to recuse herself due to conflicts of interest


One Wisconsin Now is calling on Justice Rebecca Bradley to recuse herself from the case of Professor John McAdams suing to get his job back at Marquette University since the case is being brought and argued by an attorney who was instrumental in getting Bradley appointed to the bench. > Wisconsin Gazette

Wisconsin Supreme Court will take case over Evers’ powers


The Wisconsin Supreme Court announced it will hear a case that challenges the independence of state Superintendent of Public Instruction Tony Evers, who is running for the Democratic nomination for governor. The May 15 arguments will be held before Justice-elect Rebecca Dallet’s swearing in trims the court’s conservative majority to 4-3. > Wisconsin Public Radio