Wisconsin Supreme Court Candidate Supports Right to Attorney in Civil Cases

Recently, PLAN™ contacted the campaigns of the three candidates currently seeking a seat on the Wisconsin Supreme Court. To date only Judge JoAnne Kloppenburg has replied: Hi Jerri, Thank you for your interest in the upcoming primary election, on February 16, for Wisconsin Supreme Court. Three candidates are running and voters can vote for only […]

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The Right to Counsel: Civil Gideon and the Race for the Wisconsin Supreme Court

ATTENTION WISCONSIN RESIDENTS: I’ve been watching for some time now as everyone complains that the system needs to change. Well, here’s your chance. We have an IMPORTANT Supreme Court election coming up on Feb. 16th. Forget the politics and entertainment of the presidential race. It won’t get the change we seek, but we may be […]

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When They Turn 18: Reconnecting With a Forcibly Adopted Child

The stories of state-forced adoptions are heartbreaking, but not uncommon. The family court system is the United States is fractured, skewered in favor of caseworkers and foster care providers whose real motive was never to help a family recover, but to find suitable children to adopt without the expense of a private adoption: My husband […]

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An Alienated Father Explains Why He Took His Own Life

Some people say he had enough— enough of dealing with a family court system steeped in corruption. Others say it was the last act of a mentally unstable man bent on controlling everyone around him. Either way, when Christopher Mackney committed suicide, the note he left behind set of quake of controversy that is still […]

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Civil Gideon and Public Policy

While the majority of Americans know they have a right to counsel when charged with a crime where imprisonment is the punishment, most don’t know that the right wasn’t applicable to the States until 1963 when the Supreme Court decided the case Gideon v. Wainwright, 372 U.S. 335 (1963).  Until then, the right only applied […]

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