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.
May 11, 2015 – The May Wisconsin Lawyer includes a cover article on Indian Law in Wisconsin, with wildlife photos from an Oneida Tribe member. There’s also features on challenges involving marital waste in divorce cases and the ethical and discovery rules at play in depositions. Finally, don’t miss this issue’s insights and columns, including one on “creative disruption” from ABA President William C. Hubbard.
The Wisconsin Supreme Court has appointed Judge Lisa Neubauer to serve as chief judge of the Wisconsin Court of Appeals, effective Aug. 2, 2015. Judge Neubauer replaces outgoing Chief Judge Richard Brown, who is retiring.
A professional trustee who allegedly invested trust funds in his own company isn’t covered under a professional liability insurance policy covering trustee errors, a state appeals court has ruled, so the insurer did not breach a duty to defend.
The Wisconsin Supreme Court recently upheld the arrest and subsequent blood draw of a man whose wife called police to report her husband was possibly suicidal and drunk, although police did not observe any traffic violations.
The Wisconsin Supreme Court has upheld a restrictive covenant agreement, despite an employee’s argument that it was unenforceable as a condition of continued employment and thus lacked sufficient consideration to support a contract.
The Wisconsin Supreme Court has clarified that when a defendant asserts competency to pursue postconviction relief but defense counsel disagrees, the state must prove the defendant is competent by a preponderance of the evidence.
The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit has ruled that Ho-Chunk Nation can offer electronic poker at its Madison gaming facility, reversing a prior decision that said electronic poker is illegal under Ho-Chunk’s agreement with the state.
Nineteen new Wisconsin lawyers were admitted to the State Bar of Wisconsin – each earning their law degree outside Wisconsin and having passed the Wisconsin bar exam.
The Wisconsin Supreme Court has added five cases to its docket, including one OWI-related case to determine whether police can make a traffic stop based on a reasonable suspicion that an auto occupant committed a non-traffic offense.
The due process rights of two defendants accused of driving with drugs in their systems were not violated even though blood samples were destroyed before they could independently test them, the Wisconsin Supreme Court recently ruled.
Less than four months into his first term, Wisconsin Attorney General Brad Schimel today told the State Bar of Wisconsin’s Board of Governors about his transition to office and his vision of service as the state’s chief attorney.
April 24, 2015 – Francis W. Deisinger of Reinhart Boerner Van Deuren S.C., Milwaukee, is the next president-elect of the State Bar of Wisconsin.
The State Bar of Wisconsin’s Board of Governors supports a petition that would allow Wisconsin attorneys to obtain continuing legal education (CLE) credit for doing pro bono work to foster practical learning and increase pro bono service.
The Wisconsin Supreme Court has ruled that an expert witness could testify about a driver’s blood alcohol level based on lab tests performed by an analyst who was unavailable to testify, despite the defendant’s right to confront witnesses.
A judge for the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Wisconsin won’t block the justices of the Wisconsin Supreme Court from selecting a new chief justice under a voter-approved constitutional amendment that recently passed.
An Illinois man who broke his collarbone while boarding a chairlift at Devil’s Head Ski Resort in Merrimac, Wisconsin, can’t sue the ski resort in Illinois federal district court because the court lacks personal jurisdiction over the ski resort.
The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit has ruled that U.S. Sen. Ron Johnson (R-Wisconsin) does not have standing to challenge a rule implementing a provision of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act.
The Wisconsin Legislature’s Joint Finance Committee has rejected a proposal to eliminate the Wisconsin Judicial Council and change how the Wisconsin Judicial Commission is funded. The committee also voted on the governor's court budget proposal.
A company that sold travel club memberships to Wisconsin consumers must pay more than $4.6 million in restitution and fines for misrepresentations and a failure to disclose certain information on solicitations, a state appeals court has ruled.