The State Bar of Wisconsin’s Board of Governors (board) supports a petition to authorize and facilitate the use of electronic appellate records, as well as the continued authority of circuit courts to transfer certain civil actions to tribal court.
A state appeals court has ruled that a law barring registered sex offenders from photographing minors in public without consent from parents is unconstitutionally overbroad, reversing convictions against a registered sex offender.
Gladys Vogel and her grandson, Steven Baumgard, jointly purchased a new Toyota Corolla for $22,500. But Vogel put down the lion’s share, $20,000. Police later impounded the car. Recently, a state appeals court overturned a forfeiture order against Vogel, concluding that forfeiture against her would be constitutionally excessive.
Wisconsin Supreme Court Justice N. Patrick Crooks passed away yesterday in his chambers at the State Capitol in Madison. He was 77. Friends and colleagues will remember him as a hardworking and thoughtful decision-maker.
The Wisconsin Supreme Court may hear a case to decide whether circuit courts can rely on Correctional Offender Management Profiling for Alternative Sanctions (COMPAS) assessments when sentencing criminal defendants.
A federal appeals court has ordered a new trial for Michael Kingsley, who was tasered while awaiting trial at a Wisconsin jail. Kingsley took his excessive force case to the U.S. Supreme Court, which decided in his favor this summer.
Wisconsin Supreme Court Justice N. Patrick Crooks, who has served 38 years as a judge and almost two decades as a supreme court justice, announced today that he will not seek reelection when his term ends on July 31, 2016.
When an underlying complaint does not allege a covered insurance claim, courts must not look outside of the four corners of the complaint to determine whether there is a duty to defend, a state appeals court has ruled.
A state appeals court has ruled that a homicide defendant did not have an expectation of privacy in text messages that he sent to the victim’s phone, which allowed police to obtain a warrant for more text messages sent between the parties.
Sept. 8, 2015 – Does your client want to use land in a way that is not authorized as a matter of right? Or is your client the neighbor who is trying to stop this use of land? Whatever side you “land” on, the September Wisconsin Lawyer has the skinny.
Traveling for Labor Day weekend? Does your airline fare come with a free in-flight drink? If so, you may be interested in this case involving two travelers who filed a class action after discovering an airline stopped honoring in-flight drink vouchers.
A state appeals court has ruled that a man who violated his probation, triggering a two-year prison sentence, cannot get credit for "good time" earned while in jail.
A landowner who bought property burdened by a private roadway easement wanted it moved, and was almost successful. But recently, a state appeals court ruled that the trial court did not have the power to alter the existing easement.
The U.S. Government paid Craig Patrick almost $7 million for uncovering a Medicare fraud scheme involving $75 million in false billings. Recently, a federal appeals court ruled that Patrick can’t claim the award as a capital gain.
The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit recently ruled that a detective and two forensic odontologists are immune from suit, despite allegations that they conspired to pin Robert Lee Stinson with a murder he did not commit.
John Beckett created a Facebook page in someone else’s name and posted disparaging and negative comments about that person. Recently, a state appeals court upheld the judgment against Beckett for defamation.
Non-U.S. citizens who are not authorized to be in the U.S. but have substantial connections with the country are protected by the Second Amendment to the U.S. Constitution, which grants the right to bear arms, a federal appeals court has ruled.
According to one litigator, lawyers in depositions should heed Packer Coach Vince Lombardi’s advice: “When you get into the end zone, act like you have been there before.” That is, when a witness admits something significant, don’t draw attention to it.
A state appeals court has reversed a judgment in favor of a woman injured while trying to protect her chocolate labrador from a pit bull, concluding that the trial court erred when it gave a jury instruction on the “emergency doctrine,” which can relieve a person from contributory negligence liability if responding to an emergency.
The mother of a 22-year-old Wisconsin man from Walworth County can continue her federal case, which alleges that police used excessive force in violation of her son’s Fourth Amendment rights when an officer shot and killed him in his home.