2020 News

The New York Times

Dr. Charles Franklin, director of the Marquette Law School Poll, discussed how this year‘s presidential race is much more stable in Wisconsin than during the 2016 election, when third party candidates captured more than 6% of the vote in the state and an unusually large number of voters said they were undecided in the final days of the election. “You’ve got a smaller third-party share and a smaller pool of people still to break so that makes it less uncertain going into the last 60 days,” Franklin said. Recent Marquette Law School Polls show there are about half as many undecided voters as there were this time four years ago.

Story appeared in the New York Times, Sept. 7, 2020

Franklin also spoke with Politico and The Washington Post Sept. 1-3, for stories about voter attitudes toward the Black Lives Matter movement.

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USA Today

Dr. Charles Franklin, director of the Marquette Law School Poll, and Mike Gousha, distinguished fellow in law and public policy, spoke with local and national news outlets about President Trump’s visit to Kenosha, following the Aug. 23 police shooting of Jacob Blake.

Story appeared on USA TODAYWISN-TV (ABC 12) and Yahoo! News, Aug. 31-Sept. 1, 2020

Franklin also spoke with WITI-TV (FOX 6) for an Aug. 27 story about efforts by the Trump campaign to appeal to Black voters.

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The Athletic

Prof. Matt Mitten, professor of law and executive director of the National Sports Law Institute, discussed lawsuits brought against the Big Ten by football student athletes for suspending the 2020 football season. “You’re not going to have a court order the Big Ten to play football in a case like this,” Mitten said. “But if a breach of contract is found, a court can order the Big Ten to not preclude a subsection of its member schools from choosing to play during the fall, if state and local officials in the state give approval and the university’s medical staff has signed off on it.”

Story appeared on The Athletic, Aug. 29, 2020

Mitten also spoke with Law360 for an Aug. 26 story about the antitrust ramifications of any NCAA legislation on paying players.

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Wisconsin Examiner

Prof. Edward Fallone, associate professor of law, discussed the lawsuit that the Wisconsin Institute for Law and Liberty has filed against Gov. Tony Evers’ statewide facemask mandate. The lawsuit asserts that Evers' July 30 executive order and public health emergency is simply an extension of the March 12 order — which after its 60-day limit could only be extended with the consent of the state Legislature. “They are seeking to impose a restriction upon the governor’s emergency power that is not contained in the language of the statute,” Fallone said. “They are making it up.”


Story appeared in the Wisconsin Examiner, Aug. 26, 2020

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Dr. Charles Franklin, director of the Marquette Law School Poll, and Mike Gousha, distinguished fellow in law and public policy, discussed the recent history of presidential races in Wisconsin. "Three of the last five presidential races in Wisconsin have been decided by just a single percentage point,” Franklin said. “So, we are in a close group — a group that was pivotal last time and a historically competitive state despite two pretty substantial wins by President Barrack Obama.”

Story appeared on Yahoo! News, Aug. 15, 2020

Franklin also spoke with the Bangkok Post for an Aug. 17 story about what to expect as political events go virtual — like the Democratic National Convention — as a result of the coronavirus pandemic.

The New York Times

The Marquette Law School Poll was cited in numerous stories nationwide for its latest results, which found that of the likely voters surveyed, 49% support Democrat presidential candidate Joe Biden and 44% support President Donald Trump. Six percent of voters say they will vote for neither, don’t know who they will vote for or don’t want to give an opinion.

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The Law Poll was cited in several other stories for additional results that found voters overall are in favor of face mask mandates. 

Stories appeared on or in U.S. News & World ReportMilwaukee Journal SentinelWITI-TV (FOX 6)WTMJ-AM (620)WLS-TV (ABC 7, Chicago), Aug. 11, 2020


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Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

Prof. Michael O’Hear, professor of law, discussed the use of the insanity defense in court with regard to a hate crime trial taking place in Fond du Lac, Wisconsin. O’Hear said when “the defense could also convince a court that the defendant knew his actions were wrong but couldn't ‘conform his conduct to the law’, this is called the ‘irresistible impulse.’”

Story appeared in the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, Aug. 10, 2020

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Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

Prof. Peter Rofes, professor of law, discussed the ethics of Lane Ruhland, an attorney for Trump's reelection campaign, submitting nominating papers for Kanye West's candidacy to the state Elections Commission. "I don't accept the proposition that any effort to get a candidate on the ballot is directly adverse to the campaign of any other candidate already on the ballot," Rofes said.

Story appeared in the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, Aug. 7, 2020

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Fox 6

Prof. Edward Fallone, associate professor of law, discussed Milwaukee County’s mandate requiring anyone over the age of three to wear a mask while in public. "I think almost certainly it will be challenged,” Fallone said. “Mask mandates across the county are facing challenge. People are primarily asserting constitutional infringements, but it's important to remember, there is no such thing as a right to put other people's lives and health at risk."

Story aired on WITI-TV (FOX 6)

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The Forward


Prof. Andrea Schneider, professor of law, co-wrote an op-ed on how Jewish businesses can survive the economic struggles presented by the coronavirus pandemic. “Downsizing or payroll reduction are part of the current Jewish communal conversation,” Schneider wrote. “Instead, we urge Jewish leaders to ensure that short term fixes do not become worse than the problem, harming the reputation of our congregations, breaking trust in the sacred partnership among clergy and community, and resulting in smaller, disconnected communities down the road.”

Opinion piece appeared on The Forward