WI Doe process called "very strange" by Judge Easterbrook.
Called "rather unusual" by Chief Judge Wood and she wonders if Appeals Court should "butt" in.
Judge Bauer on the disclosure that any WI citizen can request a Doe: "Doesn't it get crowded in there?"
Judges try to understand differences between a WI Doe and routine Grand Jury procedures, and whether Doe process is investigatory or prosecutorial, as that determines if prosecutors have immunity from damages sought by subjects of probe.
"A little fill here and there may seem to be nothing to become excited about. But one fill, though comparatively inconsequential, may lead to another, and another, and before long a great body may be eaten away until it may no longer exist. Our navigable waters are a precious natural heritage, once gone, they disappear forever," wrote the Wisconsin Supreme Court in its 1960 opinion resolving Hixon v. PSC and buttressing The Public Trust Doctrine, Article IX of the Wisconsin State Constitution.
The right, suburbanites say "No light rail for Milwaukee."
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James Rowen, a writer and consultant, has worked for newspapers, and as the senior Mayoral staffer, in Madison and Milwaukee, WI. This blog began on 2/2/ 2007. Posts run also at various news sites, including The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel's "Purple Wisconsin."