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BREAKING NEWS / URGENT: The State Supreme Court upholds Act 10, Voter ID, and the state's domestic partnership registry

MADISON, Wis (WSAU)  - The Wisconsin State Supreme Court upheld Act 10, the state law that limits the collective bargaining rights of state employees. The law from three years ago sparked protests at the state capital and led to the recall attempt against Governor Scott Walker. The court's ruling in favor of Act 10 was 5-2. Justice Michael Gableman wrote the lead opinion, which was also signed by Justices David Prosser, Pat Roggensack and Annette Ziegler. Justice Patrick Crooks concurre...

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Proposal would force cops to explain in court not arresting domestic violence suspect

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MADISON, WI (WTAQ) - Wisconsin police officers who don’t arrest anyone on a domestic violence call would have to tell prosecutors why, under a new series of measures in the Legislature.

Assembly Republican Andre Jacque of De Pere says authorities can do more to bring domestic abusers to justice.

That was apparently shown last fall, after Brown Deer Police were called on the carpet for not arresting Radcliffe Haughton after numerous complaints that he abused his wife. Haughton killed his wife Zina last fall at the Brookfield spa where she worked – and he two other women, and then himself.

Jacque is proposing three bills – one of which would make officers document all abuse cases, even if no arrests are made. Stalking, which is already against the law, would also be considered domestic abuse where appropriate. And Jacque’s third bill requires that a restraining order stay in place against a domestic abuse defendant who requests a different judge for their cases.

Right now, a judge’s restraining order is dropped if that judge is replaced.

Jacque’s bills are getting bi-partisan support. Assembly Democrat Jon Richards of Milwaukee is among the co-sponsors.