Summer 2016


The Making of Making a Murderer

A polarizing documentary introduces the Wisconsin Innocence Project to millions and educates viewers on flaws in the criminal justice system. Keith Findley isn’t sure how long it took viewers of Making a Murderer to react — maybe a few days, a week at most — but he and his colleagues were shocked by the phone calls, letters, and emails that soon flooded into the Frank J. Remington Center’s Wisconsin Innocence Project at UW Law School.

The Law of Politics

Recent rulings on voter identification and election spending shape the right to participate in elections. While much has been written about the legal doctrines governing voting and political spending, Professor Robert Yablon takes a new approach by comparing voting and spending laws side by side, and providing a more holistic view of political participation.

A Time of Protests and Principles

The aching anxiety that followed Stewart Macaulay for years became sorrowfully real as he switched on a short-wave radio just before dinner at his rented home in Santiago, Chile. A newsreader for the BBC was describing how, hours before, a van packed with fertilizer and fuel oil had blown up, ripping through UW-Madison’s Sterling Hall and killing 33-year-old physics researcher, husband, and father of three, Robert Fassnacht.

Solitary Man

On January 23, 2014, Rick Raemisch ’88 was led, handcuffed and shackled, to a solitary confinement cell in the Colorado State Penitentiary. Raemisch volunteered for his sentence. As the new executive director for the Colorado Department of Corrections, he was put in charge of reforming segregation practices in the state’s prisons. He wanted to “walk the talk,” he says, so he spent the night classified as an RFP, which stands for Removed From Population.