In the State of Wisconsin, a trial by jury is "wholly unprecedented" where a defendant is unsuccessful in obtaining summary judgment, advises the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel's top legal analyst Patrick McIlheran. (Yes, Mr. McIlheran actually works for a real newspaper, which just might be the longest running comedy routine in town.)
To be fair, McIlheran's risible cluelessness is not germane to his "point," which is that local activist Mike McCabe's pronouncements are often consistent with liberal objectives. No shite, Sherlock.
* Civil procedure: A motion for summary judgment is filed by a party in a lawsuit in order to avoid going to trial, arguing that there is no "genuine issue" of fact that would require the impaneling of a jury to determine. If the movant fails to win his motion — and in the present case the movant is Michael Gableman, who failed to win his motion — then the case continues toward trial. What truly would be "wholly unprecedented" is the award-winning Patrick McIlheran delivering either an informed or an intelligent comment about the legal system.
No word yet on the Journal-Sentinel moving P. McIlheran's column to the entertainment section, which would be wholly precedented.