July 6, 2016 – The U.S. Supreme Court, in a decision released June 23, 2016, ruled that police must obtain a warrant in drunk driving cases before seizing blood, but not for intoximeters. In this article, criminal lawyer Marcus Berghahn explains the ramifications.
Decided in June 1966, the landmark decision in Miranda v. Arizona, requiring police to give suspects “Miranda warnings,” turns 50 years old this month. In this article, criminal defense attorney Marcus Berghahn revisits Miranda as its stands today.
Heads up: More changes to landlord-tenant laws in Wisconsin. In this article, Delavan attorney Brian Schuk explains how Act 176 helps landlords remove problem tenants with “crime-free” notice provisions, changes to “notice” language, and other measures.
In 2005, Michael Belleau was civilly committed as a “sexually violent person,” after serving prison time for sexually assaulting children. When released in 2010, Wisconsin law required him to wear a GPS monitoring device for the rest of his life. Recently, a federal appeals court upheld the state law, reversing a lower court.
The problem of shaky or flawed forensic science evidence is about much more than wrongful conviction of the innocent. It also means that the system fails to identify the truly guilty. Criminal cases are increasingly science-dependent, and the traditional forensic sciences have played a critical role in the way we dispense justice. To make forensic science evidence more reliable, a wide range of reforms must take place.
Oct. 30, 2015 – Tabitha A. Scruggs was convicted for burglary, and the court imposed a $250 DNA surcharge on her at her sentencing. Scruggs filed a motion asking for the $250 DNA surcharge to be vacated, as she felt it was punitive and violated the ex post facto clauses of the U.S. and Wisconsin Constitutions.