A three-judge panel for the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit has indicated that it will probably uphold Wisconsin’s voter ID law, which requires voters to show photo ID at the polls, while removing a block on implementation.
A business called “Sconnie Nation” used a photo of Madison Mayor Paul Soglin to sell t-shirts at the famous (or infamous) Mifflin Street Block Party. Recently, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit said that was okay.
The U.S. Supreme Court may hear a case that challenges Wisconsin’s same-sex marriage ban, as well as bans in four other states. The petitions will get a first look at the end of this month when the Court convenes for a private conference.
A state appeals court recently upheld Kim Simmelink’s multi-count conviction for felony theft, rejecting her argument that the village he stole from should have discovered the theft sooner and the case was barred by the statute of limitations.
In the second of two recent cases involving cell phone tracking by police, the Wisconsin Supreme Court has ruled that a warrant order allowing police to track a suspect’s cell phone met state and federal constitutional requirements.
Sept. 8, 2014 – From foster care, minor guardianships, and parental medical decisions, to school bullying, students’ constitutional rights, and immigration – the September Wisconsin Lawyer, now available online, is all about legal issues affecting children.
A three-judge panel for the U. S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit has ruled same-sex marriage bans in Wisconsin and Indiana are unconstitutional. Wisconsin’s same-sex marriage ban was instituted as a constitutional amendment in 2006.
Based on a “back extrapolation,” a toxicologist concluded that Todd Giese’s blood alcohol concentration was close to triple the legal limit when he crashed his car about four hours before the actual blood was drawn by a medical technician.
The Wisconsin Supreme Court has upheld the conviction of a murderer, despite an argument that evidence in the case should have been suppressed because police tracked the suspect’s cell phone location to find him without a warrant.
A “motor bicycle” is a bicycle with a motor. Riders can still pedal the bicycle in the traditional sense, but a motor option can be triggered at will. Recently, a state appeals court ruled that a motor bicycle was subject to drunk driving laws.
The Wisconsin Supreme Court has upheld the convictions of two defendants who argued that their incriminating statements to police should have been suppressed because they properly invoked a right to remain silent.
Aug. 22, 2014 – Attorney Anthony Gray, featured speaker at the State Bar of Wisconsin’s Health, Labor and Employment (HLE) Law Institute yesteday, had a few ideas about tackling ethical dilemmas, which attorneys face on a daily basis.
Institutions are protected under Wisconsin’s harassment injunction statute, the Wisconsin Supreme Court has ruled, denying Jeffrey Decker’s claim that only natural persons can seek injunctions to stop harassment by an individual.
A unanimous Wisconsin Supreme Court has ruled that the state’s rape shield law barred a defendant from introducing evidence of prior sexual conduct with the complainant he was accused of sexually assaulting, reversing the lower appeals court.
Attorneys Scott Winston and Thomas Guelzow mutually agreed to separate their two firms, which had been operating jointly. Recently, a state appeals court decided the fate of contingency fees earned after the separation.
Aug. 14, 2014 – The identity of a confidential informant will not be disclosed, the Wisconsin Supreme Court has ruled, despite a criminal defendant’s motion for an in camera review of expected testimony to determine what the informant knew.
A father and a police officer sustained injuries while trying to rescue a 23-month-old baby from a vehicle that was struck by a train during a Memorial Day parade. Recently, the Wisconsin Supreme Court majority made its ruling on the case.
A couple who tried to obtain title to lakefront property by adverse possession recently lost at the Wisconsin Supreme Court, which ruled that “subjective intent” was relevant in rebutting the presumption that their possession was hostile.
When searching a car with the driver’s consent, police found a briefcase. The briefcase owner, passenger Derik Wantland, asked whether police had a warrant to open it. Recently, the Wisconsin Supreme Court ruled (4-3) that police didn’t need one.
Aug. 8, 2014 – George Brown, State Bar of Wisconsin executive director, was sworn in as president of the National Association of Bar Executives (NABE) at its Annual Meeting in Boston, yesterday. Founded in 1941, NABE is dedicated to serving professionals.