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Green Bay Senator to Lead Fight for Fair Voting Districts PDF Print E-mail
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Written by GBP Staff   
Monday, 28 November 2016 10:59

voter-us-electionsPassing non-partisan redistricting should be a top priority. Sen. Hansen will reintroduce legislation for 2017 to create fair and accurate district maps.

Last Updated on Monday, 28 November 2016 16:03
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Federal Judges Rule Wisconsin's GOP Redistricting Maps Unconstitutional PDF Print E-mail
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Written by GBP Staff   
Tuesday, 22 November 2016 12:14

justice-courtCourt strikes down 2011 state Assembly maps saying they were blatantly partisan and denied Democrats a fair shot. Decision could have broad implications for other states' gerrymandered maps.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 22 November 2016 16:04
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School Budget Proposal Brings Needed Relief PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Kathleen Vinehout, State Senator 31st District   
Tuesday, 22 November 2016 10:54

school-funds-rallySen. Kathleen Vinehout writes about the 2017-19 biennial budget proposal by State Superintendent of Schools Tony Evers. How will the recommendations help public schools, particularly small rural schools?

Last Updated on Tuesday, 22 November 2016 12:02
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Seeking Help for Election Depression? PDF Print E-mail
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Written by GBP Staff   
Monday, 21 November 2016 10:12

dems-react-2016lossDemocrats and Progressives all over Wisconsin are feeling the same overall funk and feelings of depression as they try to grapple with the Trump win.

Last Updated on Monday, 21 November 2016 12:09
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Appeals Court Blocks Dassey Release PDF Print E-mail
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Written by GBP Staff   
Friday, 18 November 2016 11:31

brendan-dassey-interviewDassey will stay in prison pending the outcome of the appeal. The court is expected to take up the appeal in January.


GREEN BAY - A federal appeals court in Chicago Thursday blocked the release of Brendan Dassey, the Manitowoc teen whose confession became a subplot in Netflix's "Making a Murderer."

Now 27, Dassey was set to be freed under the supervision of the US Probation Office, but Wisconsin Attorney General Brad Schimel filed a motion Tuesday seeking a stay of US Magistrate Judge William Duffin's decision to release Dassey pending the appeal of his 2007 murder conviction.

Dassey was convicted of first-degree intentional homicide, second-degree sexual assault and mutilating a corpse. He was sentenced to life in prison in 2007. Court documents stated that Dassey IQ's was "assessed as being in the low average to borderline range." Dassey, now incarcerated in the state's Columbia Correctional Institution, later recanted. A video of the confession suggested that investigators took advantage of Dassey's youth and limited intellect to coax him into confessing to a crime he didn't commit.

"We believe the magistrate judge's decision that Brendan Dassey's confession was coerced by investigators, and that no reasonable court could have concluded otherwise, is wrong on the facts and wrong on the law," Schimel said in a statement.

Dassey's attorneys disagreed, saying "The court's decision rests on a fundamental principle that is too often forgotten by courts and law enforcement officers: Interrogation tactics which may not be coercive when used on adults are coercive when used on juveniles, particularly young people like Brendan with disabilities".

Dassey will stay in prison pending the outcome of the appeal. The court is expected to take up the appeal in January.

Last Updated on Friday, 18 November 2016 11:58
 
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