Q: Who are the plaintiffs and defendants?
A: Scott Southworth, Amy Schoepke and Keith Bannach, former UW law students, are the original plaintiffs.
Q: Why did the students file the case?
A: The students argue that the mandatory segregated fee system forced them to support political and ideological organizations with which they disagree, thus violating their First Amendment rights of free speech and freedom of association. The students specifically named 18 campus-related organizations to which they objected on political, ideological or religious grounds.
Last month Juneau County (WI) District Attorney Scott Southworth sent out 24 letters to top officials in the county 5 school districts telling them to suspend sex education classes in their schools or face possible charges of contributing to the delinquency of a minor. "Forcing our schools to instruct children on how to utilize contraceptives encourages our children to engage in sexual behavior, whether as a victim or an offender," Southworth wrote. (Someone apparently has a pretty healthy attitude toward sex.)