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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.
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Appeals Court Reverses PAC Conviction, Says Jury Must Decide
Aug. 29, 2016 – A state appeals court recently reversed a man’s conviction for prohibited alcohol concentration (PAC), concluding that the trial judge could not decide the issue on directed verdict. That is, the jury was required to decide.
Federal Appeals Court Upholds Quantity Finding on Meth Sales
Aug. 26, 2016 – A man who pleaded guilty to selling a large amount of methamphetamine with his girlfriend in northwestern Wisconsin recently lost his federal appeal, despite his argument that the judge improperly calculated the quantity he sold.
Changes to U.S. Visa Waiver Program Will Affect Some International Travelers
The Visa Waiver Program is a U.S. government program that allows citizens of specific countries to travel to the U.S. for tourism, business, or while in transit, for up to 90 days without having to obtain a visa. Attorney Benjamin Kurten discusses changesto the program as of April 1, 2016, that may impact you or your clients.
Professionalism and the Art of Civility
The very core of our professionalism should be to espouse civility in every matter that we handle. The essence of what litigators do is resolving conflict, writes attorney Emile Banks Jr. Representing clients zealously must not include treating opposing counsel with discourtesy or disrespect.