A criminal defendant forfeited his constitutional right to counsel, under the Sixth Amendment to the U.S. Constitution, when he failed to cooperate with three lawyers appointed to represent him, the Wisconsin Supreme Court has ruled.
A man charged with drunk driving argued that his attorney was deficient for failing to object when the prosecutor told the jury that the defendant refused a breathalyzer test. The state supreme court recently rejected the argument.
The board also approved a voluntary paralegal certification program and approved the budget for 2018, which includes a $4 dues increase.
Thirty-nine attorneys took the oath to become Wisconsin lawyers, passing the bar exam in February. Here are a few of their stories.
The Wisconsin Supreme Court today dismissed (5-2) a petition filed by 54 retired judges that would have established a rule requiring recusal or disqualification of a judge who received a significant campaign contribution from a party to the case, or the pparty’s attorney. A 5-2 majority also voted down a motion to hold a public hearing.
The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit has rejected claims that a deterrence program that increased surveillance on repeat violent offenders was discriminatory and violated the constitutional rights of a person selected to participate.
A 1969 easement allowed the Wisconsin Public Service Corp. to erect and maintain “wood pole structures” on private property for electric transmission lines. Recently, the Wisconsin Supreme Court rejected a challenge to the easement.
The Wisconsin Supreme Court has ruled that a former corrections officer convicted of sexually assaulting a child won’t receive a new trial, rejecting the argument that defendant received ineffective assistance of counsel.
A construction company that severed a sewer line is not liable because it has immunity as a government contractor, the Wisconsin Supreme Court has ruled.
Police arrested Brian Harris after finding him in a vacant residence with copper piping and the tools to remove it. In jail, a detective asked Harris if he wanted to make a statement. Harris said, “They caught me man, I got nothing else to say.”
Allowing use of a police officer’s recorded statements from a dashcam at a suppression hearing did not violate a criminal defendant’s right to confront witnesses even though the police officer died before the hearing, the state supreme court has ruled.
Circuit court judges can appoint “referees” to handle aspects of big cases. Recently, the state supreme court ruled that a referee appointed to handle aspects of a big case in Milwaukee was improperly vested with too much power.
The Wisconsin Federal Nominating Commission seeks qualified candidates for a vacancy on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit. The deadline to submit an application for a potential appointment is April 29, 2017.
The Wisconsin Federal Nominating Commission is seeking additional candidates for a vacancy in the position of U.S. Attorney for the Western District of Wisconsin.
A state appeals court in Milwaukee has ruled that Wisconsin Bell Inc., also known as AT&T Wisconsin, violated state laws that prohibit employment discrimination based on disability when the company terminated an employee diagnosed with bipolar disorder.
Twenty-four young lawyers, nominated by legal professionals statewide, attended the fifth annual State Bar of Wisconsin Leadership Development Summit in Green Bay on March 24.
Outstanding Mentor and Young Lawyer: ‘Be the Mentor You Seek’
Brian Dutcher announced on Facebook in June 2015 that he planned to assassinate then-U.S. President Barack Obama. Recently, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit upheld Dutcher’s conviction for threatening the President.
With great sadness, the State Bar of Wisconsin has learned that attorney Sara H. Quirt-Sann, 43, is among four victims killed yesterday in shootings that occurred in three separate locations near Wausau, including a law firm in Schofield.
The Wisconsin Supreme Court recently split 3-3 in a fiduciary duty case involving two business partners, meaning one partner will get $499,000 in compensatory damages from the other but will not receive punitive damages.