Using Preliminary Breath Test Results in Trials? Don’t Hold Your Breath
Even with the improvement of breath-test technology, concerns remain about the reliability of preliminary breath test (PBT) results. Thus, the Wisconsin Legislature and Supreme Court have erected barriers to using the results at trial as evidence of defendants’ intoxication. Recent court decisions provide guidance when litigating these matters.
Federal Rules of Civil Procedure: Changes May Affect Wisconsin Practice
Proposed amendments to the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure, if approved by the U.S. Supreme Court, will take effect in December 2015. The Wisconsin and federal rules are different, but a trend to conform Wisconsin procedural rules to their federal counterparts may herald significant change in how state judges and lawyers proceed in civil matters.
Orwell’s Six Cures to Bad Writing
Douglas Abrams says George Orwell’s cures for the many bad habits replete in written English, which he diagnosed in a 1946 essay, still reverberate among legal professionals.
Supreme Court Digest
In this column, Prof. Daniel Blinka and Prof. Thomas Hammer summarize all decisions of the Wisconsin Supreme Court (except those involving lawyer or judicial discipline).
Court of Appeals Digest
In this column, Profs. Daniel D. Blinka and Thomas J. Hammer summarize select published opinions of the Wisconsin Court of Appeals. Full-text decisions are linked below.
These summaries are provided by the Office of Lawyer Regulation (OLR), an agency of the Wisconsin Supreme Court. The OLR assists the court in supervising the practice of law and protecting the public from misconduct by lawyers.