Wisconsin Supreme Court Looking At Gov. Walker’s Union Bill, More Protests Beginning

Tuesday, June 7th, 2011 at 7:42 am

The drama in Wisconsin over Gov. Scott Walker’s budget bill that takes away collective bargaining rights reached a new level yesterday, as the State Supreme court hears arguments that the bill was illegally passed through the Legislature, protesters have again gathered in downtown Madison.

In fact, Capitol Police Chief Charles Tubbs told the Associated Press that four people were arrested for disorderly conduct on Monday after they tried to enter the building without stopping for police clearance through metal detectors. He says a fifth person was arrested for trying to prop open a door presumably so others could enter later to avoid police.

Tubbs said no issues were reported in the Supreme Court chamber where the arguments were going on. Of course, this is the bill that drew tens of thousands of protesters to the Capitol in February and March. Many protesters are returning now as legal arguments begin.

The law hasn’t been put into effect as it’s been held up in the courts, and Republicans are trying to appeal a ruling that they passed the law illegally.

Now, a Dane County prosecutor is trying to convince the Wisconsin Supreme Court that Republicans should appeal the ruling through the normal process.

Republicans have asked the high court to take the case early, but the Associated Press reports that Dane County District Attorney Ismael Ozanne asked the justices during oral arguments yesterday, to allow the case to follow the usual appeals process. He says that would provide a better record if the case reaches the Supreme Court.

Meanwhile protesters with the group “We Are Wisconsin” have begun setting up a tent city downtown with the purpose of “bearing witness to Republican’s reckless action to crush education, healthcare and programs for senior citizens.”

More on this story to follow.

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