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Later posts will cover other aspects of yesterday’s oral argument, but this was the most dramatic moment (longer version of video, with complete exchange, here):

Please RT this (first 2:20 of video).

And this (last minute of video).

 

 

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This is Part II of a series of posts on a Wisconsin Supreme Court case of nationwide significance, which will likely end up as a landmark precedent in the field of academic freedom, John McAdams v. Marquette University (court docket sheet here).

Part I collects the appellate briefs in the case.

Part II collects, in reverse chronological order, important articles and blog posts.

This Part III collects, in reverse chronological order, important multimedia items, with an emphasis on interviews of various people connected to the case. Particularly informative items are marked with an asterisk. (This post will be likely be updated later, to include older items and perhaps also add future items.) (more…)

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This is Part II of a series of posts on a Wisconsin Supreme Court case of nationwide significance, which will likely end up as a landmark precedent in the field of academic freedom, John McAdams v. Marquette University (court docket sheet here).

Part I collects the appellate briefs in the case.

This Part II collects, in reverse chronological order, important articles and blog posts. Particularly informative items are marked with an asterisk.  (This post will be likely be updated later, to include older items and perhaps also add items published in the future.) (more…)

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Tomorrow the Wisconsin Supreme Court will hear oral argument in a case of nationwide significance, which will likely end up as a landmark precedent in the field of academic freedom, John McAdams v. Marquette University (court docket sheet here).

The principal question in the case is whether Marquette University‘s firing of Dr. McAdams, a tenured professor, for publishing a politely worded blog post mildly critical of a graduate student instructor (naming her and linking to her own blog), violated First Amendment principles (which were voluntarily adopted by Marquette, a private university, in its contracts with its tenured professors).

The trial court threw out the lawsuit filed by Dr. McAdams (decision here), but the Supreme Court (on which 5 of the 7 justices now serving are generally regarded as “conservative”) granted direct review (so that the case bypassed the intermediate appellate court) — suggesting the Court is inclined to rule in favor of Dr. McAdams. (more…)

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H/t to Milwaukee lawyer and conservative talk-radio host Dan O’Donnell.

My 17-minute video here:

My 37-second “teaser” video here.

Milwaukee Journal Sentinel coverage by Annysa Johnson here.

Raw video of the shouting match here.

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Dan O’Donnell, a lawyer and Milwaukee talk-show host, broke the story on April 13. His blog post is here. Full audio from his show starts at 39:55 here.

This blogger has prepared this Youtube version of excerpts from Dan’s show (short, funny “teaser” version on Twitter here; please retweet!):

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The campaign for a vacant seat on the Wisconsin Supreme Court has taken on national significance, with prominent Democrats such as “Creepy” Joe Biden, “Crazy” Bernie Sanders, “Derogatory” Cory Booker, and Eric (“The Duck”) Holder — calm on the surface, but with “little duck feet” that “are just moving as fast as they can underneath,” he’s bragged (seriously, you can watch it here) — intervening in the race in recent weeks.

A key question at this juncture is whether Wisconsin’s heavily liberal mainstream media outlets will inform voters of a recent development, adverse to the liberal candidate, Judge Rebecca Dallet, before voters go to the polls tomorrow. (more…)

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