The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit recently reviewed plea dealings that took place 15 years ago in a Wisconsin murder case, concluding that the defense lawyer did not botch a plea deal because a plea deal was never offered.
A man convicted on his sixth offense operating while intoxicated (OWI) recently lost his appeal to keep “zero tolerance” violations in Illinois from counting as prior OWI convictions for sentence enhancement purposes here in Wisconsin.
A mother accused of brutally beating her 14-year-old daughter cannot withdraw her no contest pleas, the state supreme court has ruled, because allowing a trial at this stage would substantially prejudice the state’s case against the mother.
In the March issue of Wisconsin Lawyer, now available online and in mailboxes soon, you’ll learn about a proposal to limit the terms of Wisconsin Supreme Court justices to one, 16-year term, known as the “The Wisconsin Plan.”
Under Wisconsin’s notice pleading rules, the City of Oshkosh had reasonable and sufficient notice that a business owner intended to contest two special assessments against its property, despite an omission in the original complaint.
Michael Kingsley sued corrections officers of the Monroe County jail, complaining they used excessive force against him while he awaited trial and deprived him of his constitutional rights. Recently, a federal appeals court ruled against Kingsley.
Organized crime groups are using a sophisticated debt collection scheme to defraud attorneys in the United States, according to a recent FBI report.
The Wisconsin Supreme Court has added three criminal cases to its docket, including one to examine whether statements made by Rapheal Myrick at his co-defendant’s preliminary exam were admissible in the murder case against Myrick.
Feb. 27, 2014 – A state appeals court has sided with the Wisconsin Department of Justice to deny a man’s application to carry a concealed weapon because the applicant was previously convicted for disorderly conduct involving domestic violence.
A state appeals court recently tackled the “vexing problem” that arises when a penalty enhancer for habitual criminality triggers the need to impose a bifurcated sentence on the underlying misdemeanor crime or crimes.
An attorney who filed an untimely notice of potential claim with his professional liability insurer is still covered, a state appeals court has ruled, because the late notice did not prejudice the professional liability insurer under the circumstances.
The Wisconsin Judicial Code would specifically authorize judges to give litigants, including self-represented litigants, information or use techniques to simplify legal proceedings, under a petition that received a public hearing today at the state supreme court.
In a case that “raises a recurring and unsettled question of law,” a state appeals court has ruled that evidence of a driver’s blood alcohol level is still admissible even if the analyst who did the testing is unavailable to testify.
Taxpayers have the burden to show an assessor’s property classification is incorrect, the Wisconsin Supreme Court has clarified in a case involving an assessment on land used for hunting but classified as “productive forest land.”
Stanley Bullock was in the hospital with stab wounds when police asked him to explain what happened. Recently, a state appeals court ruled that Bullock made statements voluntarily and they could be used in a murder trial against him.
The Wisconsin Assembly recently passed a bill to restore the amount of interest that accrues on judgments obtained in small claims court, which have jurisdiction in eviction actions and other civil actions involving $10,000 or less.
Wisconsin’s Federal Nominating Commission has chosen a Milwaukee lawyer, a federal bankruptcy judge, and a Milwaukee circuit court judge as candidates to fill a judicial vacancy on the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Wisconsin.
The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit, in an opinion by Judge Richard Posner, has ruled that an employer’s health plan is not entitled to a $1.7 million refund from the Wisconsin hospitals that treated an employee’s child.
A real estate developer purchased land in the Town of Delavan to develop a 600-home subdivision, but the City of Delavan axed the plan. Recently, a state appeals court ruled the city had no power to halt the developer’s proposal.
Do your clients include borrowers, lenders, or businesses that rely on the services of the Mortgage Electronic Registration System (MERS)? If so, you may want to keep your eye on a case that is headed to the Wisconsin Supreme Court.