Update on Prior Restraint

Posted on Categories First Amendment, Political Processes & Rhetoric, Wisconsin Law & Legal System

The Court of Appeals has stayed the TRO, saying “we are aware of no caselaw which permits prior restraint of speech before an adjudication on the merits of the defamatory nature of the statement at issue.” It will, however, permit Radcliffe’s lawyers to submit a brief. I don’t think that’ll change anything.

Update: Having read the entire transcript of yesterday’s hearing, it appears that the court based its order on defamation, not because of constitutional concerns over 12.05 (he declined to entertain them), but because he thought that 12.05 did not provide for a civil action.

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