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Hijacking The Courts: Trump’s Frivolous Defamation Suits Aim To Rally His Base And Intimidate Critics
Mark Leitner dissects President Trump’s abuses of the legal system by filing meritless defamation suits.
Appearances Matter: Observations on Judge Adelman’s Forthcoming Article “The Roberts Court’s Assault on Democracy”
In his forthcoming article, “The Roberts Court’s Assault on Democracy,” Milwaukee’s own U.S. District Judge Lynn Adelman pens a scathing and personal rebuke against the conservative majority of the United States Supreme Court, and in particular, Chief Justice John Roberts.
Judge Jill Karofsky, a circuit court judge in an election race for a seat on the Wisconsin Supreme Court, filed a lawsuit claiming that several television ads attacking her record as a district attorney and a judge were defamatory and violated a Wisconsin criminal statute prohibiting knowingly false statements about a candidate intended to influence voting.
The heart of First Amendment protection is near-absolute immunity for criticism of government, its officials, and candidates for office.
All of the claims that the President asserts start with a huge obstacle in the path to victory: he is complaining about statements made in the context of a political campaign.
Within the last month, Donald Trump became the first sitting president to file suits against media organizations, claiming that the New York Times, Washington Post, and CNN defamed him in opinion pieces about Russian influence on his 2016 and 2020 campaigns.
Last month, the Wisconsin Supreme Court extended for an additional two years its pilot program involving dedicated trial court judicial dockets for large claim business and commercial cases.
There is one foolproof way to anger the Seventh Circuit: mess up the jurisdictional statement that is required in all parties’ appellate briefs.
Not long after we hit the “publish” button on our article The Myths Of Arbitration, we discovered that two federal judges had thoughtfully provided even more evidence that businesses should not reflexively insert arbitration clauses in their standard-form agreements.
Congressman Justin Amash – the former Republican who broke with the party over his quaint insistence on following the rule of law to the detriment of his support for President Trump – posted an outstanding Twitter thread last week.