State law requires custodial interrogations of juveniles to be recorded except under limited circumstances. Recently, the state supreme court upheld a minor’s homicide conviction even though his confession was not recorded by police.
The Wisconsin Department of Revenue’s tax liens against property trumped a money judgment against a landowner, a state appeals court has ruled, allowing the DOR to garnish a portion of proceeds from a land sale.
The Wisconsin Supreme Court has ruled that amending a judgment of conviction for driving with a prohibited alcohol concentration (PAC) or forcing a plea withdrawal would violate defendant Andrew Chamblis’s constitutional right to due process of law.
Marquette University Law School Dean Joseph Kearney today announced his personal support for a proposal to change the term of office for Wisconsin Supreme Court justices to a single, 16-year term, a plan developed and approved by the State Bar of Wisconsin.
A state appeals court has ruled that writings created by employees during a public school district investigation are not subject to disclosure as public records, denying a local newspaper’s request that the “notes” be released.
June 8, 2015 – In the June Wisconsin Lawyer, learn about Walter H. White Jr., a lawyer and champion for diversity in the legal profession. Also, don’t miss features on developments concerning the “business judgment rule,” and the “salaried minimum wage.”
Under state law, insurers must promptly pay covered claims for sum certain amounts within 30 days of written notice, or start paying interest. Recently, a state appeals court upheld an interest award on claims by a hit-and-run victim, a cop.
June 3, 2015 – The time of learning is just beginning for 110 new lawyers. The U.W. Law School class of 2015 took the Attorney’s Oath and signed the Supreme Court Roll to join the State Bar of Wisconsin.
Police were illegally questioning Mastella Jackson before she incriminated herself in her husband’s murder by stabbing. But it was error to suppress a bloody knife found at Jackson’s home, a state appeals court has ruled.
Gov. Scott Walker is seeking applicants for judicial appointments to the Eau Claire County Circuit Court and the District II Court of Appeals.
The City of Green Bay’s decision to rescind a conditional use permit for a renewable biomass energy facility was not based on substantial evidence, the Wisconsin Supreme Court has ruled, meaning the city improperly rescinded the permit.
More fact-finding is necessary to determine whether a Waupaca County police officer who shot a suicidal man is immune from a federal lawsuit alleging excessive force, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit has ruled.
The Wisconsin Supreme Court has added seven new cases to its docket, including one to examine whether a party is entitled to judgment interest at the rate in effect when a judgment was entered, or at the time a settlement offer was made.
A state appeals court recently ruled that hearsay evidence could be used to determine whether to charge David Hull of sexual assault, despite Hull’s argument that the statute, applied to him, was an unconstitutional ex post facto law.
A defendant who committed a misdemeanor crime before a new law required persons convicted of misdemeanors to submit DNA samples doesn’t have to pay the $200 DNA surcharge associated with the law, a state appeals court has ruled.
Follow your dreams, remember the kindnesses, join your local bar association, and do pro bono work. These are the words of advice to 120 new lawyers welcomed into the State Bar of Wisconsin at the swearing-in ceremony Monday in Madison.
In a unanimous decision, the Wisconsin Supreme Court has upheld a right of first refusal contact in a farmland case, despite one party’s claim that the contract was indefinite and could be terminated after a reasonable time.
May 20, 2015 – From a Wisconsin Supreme Court justice to a U.S. Congressman, from government lawyers to small town practitioners, the State Bar celebrates the 50-year members.
Ralph Armstrong spent almost 30 years in prison before a new trial was ordered in his murder-rape case, which was later dismissed. Recently, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit ruled that Armstrong can pursue his civil lawsuit against the prosecutor and crime lab techs, accused of destroying evidence in bad faith.
Convicted of murder, General Grant Wilson appealed to argue that it was error for the trial court to exclude evidence supporting his theory of defense: that another man set him up. Recently, the Wisconsin Supreme Court said it wasn’t an error.