The US Supreme Court has held that states must give most juveniles sentenced to life in prison a chance to earn parole release based on a standard of rehabilitation and reform, and a system that allows parole commissioners the discretion to deny release is unconstitutional, argues a lawsuit filed in federal court in April by […]
Chris Ott, Executive Director of the ACLU of Wisconsin, talks to Jan about the recent Republican-led Wisconsin legislature’s efforts to strip away powers of the incoming Democratic Governor Tony Evers and other incoming elected officials.
In his very last decision on the Supreme Court, retiring justice Anthony Kennedy joined with the conservative majority to uphold President Trump’s travel ban against travelers from Syria, Iran, Libya, Sudan, Somalia and Yemen. American Civil Liberties Union National Legal Director David Cole excoriated the court in general and Kennedy in particular in the pages […]
Jan talks with Chris Ott, Executive Director of the ACLU of Wisconsin, about the recent vote by the state legislature to add Wisconsin to the bandwagon of states wanting a constitutional convention. They discuss the ramifications and possible outcomes, and what actions can still be taken.
Carousel Bayrd speaks with Chris Ott, Executive Director of the American Civil Liberties Union of Wisconsin, about the three ‘riot’ bills currently in legislation, Senate Bill 303, 304, and 305 and Assembly Bills 395, 396, and 397. These bills would lower the threshold for the legal definition of a riot to “a public disturbance” that involves “at […]
Since the election of President Trump, the American Civil Liberties Union has experienced a surge of membership and donations across the country. The ACLU reports that it has collected over $80 million since November. As it nears it’s 97th birthday, the civil rights advocate finds itself with plenty of work to do. Here in Wisconsin, […]