A man convicted of operating while intoxicated (OWI), third offense, argued that a blood test should have been suppressed because he did not freely give consent. Recently, the Wisconsin Supreme Court (5-2) upheld the conviction, but with differing views on application of the state's implied consent law.
"If you can't be fair to kids you can't be fair to anyone," says State Public Defender Devon Lee. While Wisconsin has a lot of protections for kids in the juvenile justice system, it also has areas to work on. She explains where the system stands today.
In many U.S. jurisdictions, only one factor determines whether a charged individual stays in jail before trial. That factor is not guilt or innocence, the nature of the crime, nor the defendant’s character. The factor is how much money the defendant has or can borrow. This article looks at trends in money bail systems nationwide, with a focus on Wisconsin and Washington, D.C.
The author discusses evidence-based pretrial release systems, including the one adopted in Milwaukee County, that rather than set bail based on the seriousness of the charge, focuses on the specific risk a defendant presents to not return to court.
When access to justice is denied, it affects us personally, says Milwaukee County Circuit Court Judge Richard Sankovitz. He explains why access to justice matters for everyone and how lawyers can get involved in their own communities.
With fewer cases going to trial, it's harder than ever to get real trial experience. But by volunteering to accept pro bono appointments for prisoner cases, lawyers can get the experience they seek while doing good for society at large, says Judge William Griesbach.
The best thing about the Wisconsin Criminal Defense Manual is not only its start-to-finish checklists – from the initial appearance to sentencing – but also that it explains, in detail, how to check off the items on those lists. And with the latest supplement, you can trust that the law is up to date and relevant.
Lawyers have an ethical obligation to understand core principles surrounding the preservation and production of electronically stored information, including steps that can be taken to preserve confidential and privileged data. The author outlines some of the most relevant rules of professional conduct and ethics opinions for litigators dealing with 21st-century technology.