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Wisconsin Supreme Court Tosses Attorney General’s Lame-Duck Lawsuit

Conservative Justices Hold A 4-3 Majority On Court

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A cloudy sky is seen behind the Wisconsin State Capitol on Tuesday, Feb. 23, 2021, in Madison, Wis. Angela Major/WPR

The Wisconsin Supreme Court has refused to consider Attorney General Josh Kaul’s lawsuit challenging parts of a law limiting his powers that Republican lawmakers passed during a lame-duck session two years ago.

The lawsuit targets parts of the law requiring the state Department of Justice to get approval from the Legislature’s budget committee before settling certain lawsuits.

The high court upheld the law in a separate lawsuit in July but left the door open to future legal challenges. Kaul filed his challenge in November directly with the Supreme Court.

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The justices on Wednesday issued an order denying his request for them to hear the case. The order offered no explanation.

Conservative justices hold a 4-3 majority on the court.

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