Edward Fallone, associate professor of law, commented on the current state of the U.S. Senate failing to hold hearings on the appointment of Merrick Garland. “Time is running out for Republicans to confirm President Obama's appointment of Merrick Garland to the U.S. Supreme Court,” Fallone said.
Michael O’Hear, professor of law, commented in an article written on the overturning of Brendan Dassey’s murder conviction and what it means for Steven Avery’s case. "I think these two cases really need to be viewed as completely distinct from one another,” O’Hear said.
Bruce Boyden, associate professor of law, commented in an article written on the privacy of the Milwaukee Police Officer who recently shot and killed an armed suspect. The officer’s name and picture are out on social media. “You are free to post someone's publicly available information on the Internet, and the government can't do anything about that,” Boyden said.
"We're talking about limited resources. Do you want to spend time and money on something like this or actual criminal activity occurring? I'd say the latter," said Paul Secunda, an employment attorney and Marquette University Law School faculty member. "You're trying to save money by not having many investigators, but you end up being inefficient in processing these cases."
The state also potentially racks up overtime when another worker must be paid to fill the shoes of an employee on leave, Secunda said.
“I don’t know the average length of time to decide habeas cases, but I’ve certainly seen others that have taken this long or longer,” said Michael M. O’Hear, a professor at the Marquette University Law School.
Paul Secunda, professor of law, commented on Uber and the New York branch of the International Association of Machinists creating a non-union guild for the company's drivers. “I think the union gave up too much. I don't think it will last,” Secunda said.
Paul Secunda, professor of law, commented on a Dane County judge striking down Wisconsin’s right-to-work law that prohibits unions from forcing workers to pay union dues. “What the judge says here in this case is that you can't require the union to provide services when there's no prospect of them ever being compensated for those services,” Secunda said. “That is an unconstitutional taking.” He said the judge’s decision has a good chance of being overturned if it is reviewed by the Wisconsin Supreme Court.
Paul Secunda, professor of law, and Alexander Hertel-Fernandez, a doctoral candidate in government and social policy at Harvard, surveyed more than 1,000 workers, many of whom worked at companies that sent political messages to their workers during the 2012 presidential race. The survey found that workplace political coercion is effective. “There are apps that tell you who opens your emails instead of deleting them, so employers are able to gauge very quickly who are their champion employees and who are their trouble employees,” Secunda said.
Edward Fallone, associate professor of law, said the Republicans’ refusal to hold a hearing on President Barack Obama's Supreme Court nominee was an “unconstitutional power grab.”
Chad Oldfather, professor of law, discussed the death of Antonin Scalia and the process for replacing the Supreme Court justice. “You could end up in a position where someone gets nominated and the initial position is ‘We're not going to confirm the person’ or ‘We're not going to consider the person,” Oldfather said. “And then the polls start showing it's going to be President (Hillary) Clinton and maybe it's even going to be a Democratic Senate ... now maybe we do see someone getting confirmed.”