There's some interesting summer action happening in the Seventh Circuit -- summer time is no time for fun and games, apparently. As things heat up outside, they are heating up headlines and court rooms as we wait on some key decisions.
Read on to find out more on John Doe Probes, Rod Blagojovich and the latest trend in contraception mandate litigation.
John Doe Documents Released
John Doe probes are a procedure in Wisconsin that are overseen by judges and "allow prosecutors to compel people to produce documents and give testimony," according to the Journal Sentinel. On Tuesday, Judge Wood of the Seventh Circuit ordered that more documents related to the John Doe probe involving the relationship between Gov. Scott Walker and conservative groups, during his campaign. The probe has been controversial to say the least, instigating now up to five lawsuits -- but the Seventh Circuit's decision yesterday to make more documents publicly available "is the latest in a series of decisions that has caused immense secrecy around the probe to fall away," reports the Journal Sentinel.
Blagojovich Eagerly Awaiting Decision
Last year, Rod Blagojovich filed his appellate brief challenging his 18-count conviction that has him in prison now serving a 14-year sentence. His reasons for challenging his conviction and sentence include were insufficient evidence, erroneous jury instructions, evidentiary rulings, witness confrontation rights, a biased juror and the lower court's misapplication of sentencing guidelines.
The Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals heard oral arguments in December, and we should expect a decision very soon, according to WMAQ-TV. One reporter noted that Judges Easterbrook and Rovner had problems with "some of the basics of the case," according to Politico. No word yet from the Seventh Circuit, but we will keep you posted.
Form 700 Litigation
Are you tired of hearing about the contraception mandate and the aftermath of Hobby Lobby? Uh, yeah, that's what we figured. The Supreme Court took some action last week that had us scratching our heads, and we only mention it here because it's a Seventh Circuit case -- you can read up on it on FindLaw's Supreme Court blog if you want the details.
- Denial of Media Groups' Request to Intervene In Blagojevich Case Reversed (FindLaw's U.S. Seventh Circuit Blog)
- 7th Cir. Stays John Doe Ruling, Rules on Wis. Campaign Fin. Laws (FindLaw's U.S. Seventh Circuit Blog)
- Notre Dame Denied Injunctive Relief in Contraception Mandate Case (FindLaw's U.S. Seventh Circuit Blog)