Judge Markson Declares Administrative Code Unconstitutional, Dismisses Charges

By Joseph Skulan and Jason Huberty
February 5th, 2014


Dane County Judge John Markson dismissed charges against political dissidents arrested during Scott Walker’s failed crackdown on unauthorized singing in the Wisconsin State Capitol.

Michael Crute was arrested on July 24, 2013, for "unlawful assembly." Photo by Erica Case.

Michael Crute was arrested on July 24, 2013, for “unlawful assembly.” Photo by Erica Case.

Defendants Michael Crute and John Bell, among others, had challenged the constitutionality of the emergency rules, arguing their First Amendment rights under the WI and US Constitutions were violated. Markson agreed in a written decision issued today.

Department of Justice Assistant Attorney General Rebecca Weise had argued the cases should proceed.

Markson’s ruling could set precedent that would lead to the dismissal of ~300 charges issued under Administrative Code 2.14(2)(vm)(5) for “unlawful assembly” last summer.

Michael Crute and his attorney Jeff Scott Olson issued a press release. “This is Scott Walker’s ‘Bridge-Gate’,” said Michael Crute.

Attorney Jeff Scott Olson states, “I look forward to seeking civil monetary remedy against the State on behalf of my clients Mr. Crute and Mr. Salvia, due to their unjust and unconstitutional prosecutions.”

Crute and Olson Press Release

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7 Comments on “Judge Markson Declares Administrative Code Unconstitutional, Dismisses Charges”

  1. John February 5, 2014 at 4:33 pm #


  2. Ted Voth Jr February 5, 2014 at 5:19 pm #

    Right on!

  3. Angiolo Caprilli February 5, 2014 at 9:18 pm #

    The Governor should be prosecuted for having wasted tons of money on something totally absurd. Since when people have no the right to peacefully protest against anybody?

    • Al Campos February 6, 2014 at 11:33 am #

      Peaceful assembly is the right of free men in America. When a little fricking clown like Walker plays Emperor of WI he needs to meet a modern day Brutus

  4. delia55 February 6, 2014 at 3:35 pm #


  5. Big D. February 6, 2014 at 10:18 pm #

    Sock it to them, sock it to them.

  6. Big D. February 6, 2014 at 10:19 pm #

    Don’t you just love it when scooter gets spanked like the little kid he is ?

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