Capitol Protest Settlement: The Good, The Bad and The Ugly

Monday, 14 October 2013 | buzz

On October 8, the Wisconsin Chapter of the American Civil Liberties Union and the Wisconsin Department of Administration announced a settlement in Kissick v. Huebsch, the federal case about the recent crackdown on protests in the Wisconsin Capitol. Both the ACLU and the DOA claim the deal as a victory for their side. Under the settlement, still to be formally approved by federal judge William Conley, protestors could submit a “notification” two days in advance of an event inside the Capitol to the Capitol Police instead of applying for a permit. The agreement also, however, allows police to arrest groups of 12 or more who have not provided appropriate notice. UW Constitutional scholar Donald Downs joined the Monday Buzz once again on October 14, 2013 to discuss this latest development in the ongoing First Amendment laboratory that is the Wisconsin State Capitol.

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