The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit has ruled that it was error for the district court to admit into evidence, as an excited utterance, a nine-year-old child’s voicemail indicating the criminal defendant physically assaulted her mother.
Portions of a law that gives Gov. Scott Walker power to reject rules promulgated by the state Superintendent of Public Instruction (SPI) is unconstitutional, a state appeals court has ruled in a lawsuit by school teachers.
Circuit courts must order mortgagee banks to sell foreclosed and abandoned property, known as “walkaway” foreclosures, within a reasonable time after obtaining a foreclosure judgment, the Wisconsin Supreme Court has ruled.
A state appeals court has clarified that a police officer had no vested right to lifetime reimbursements for health plan deductibles because deductible reimbursements expired when the applicable collective bargaining agreement expired.
Attorney and civil rights leader Vel Phillips, the state’s first woman and African-American elected Wisconsin Secretary of State, is the subject of a newly released documentary film that chronicles her life, career, and activism.
A Milwaukee ordinance that prospectively eliminated Medicare Part B premium reimbursements in retirement for county attorneys and health care workers did not violate the workers’ vested contract rights, the Wisconsin Supreme Court has ruled.
A state appeals court has ruled that the City of Cedarburg cannot prevent short-term rentals in a single-family residential district, concluding that Cedarburg’s ordinances did not clearly restrict such rentals in that zoning area.
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A panel for the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit has affirmed the conviction of a Wisconsin man who failed to disclose a prior conviction for misdemeanor domestic violence on a federal form before purchasing a hunting rifle.
The Wisconsin’s Department of Justice (DOJ) did not violate a state whistleblower law by demoting an employee who voiced her concern that DOJ agents would be used, at a cost to taxpayers, to protect Attorney General J.B. Van Hollen while he attended the Republican National Convention, a state appeals court has ruled.
Last year, a Wisconsin Supreme Court majority (5-2) ruled that a trial court committed harmless error when it refused to let a defendant testify at trial. Now, the U.S. Supreme Court could decide whether the harmless error analysis is permitted when a defendant has been completely deprived of a constitutional right to testify.
Neenah Foundry Co. filed for reorganization in federal bankruptcy court, and the plan was confirmed in 2010. But the company cannot reduce its unemployment insurance contribution rates as a “new” employer, a state appeals court has ruled.
Jan. 30, 2015 – The State Bar of Wisconsin’s Board of Governors backed a petition for mandatory e-filing, discussed a petition on e-banking for trust accounts, created a standing committee on diversity and inclusion, and supported updates and changes to Wisconsin’s ethics rules, among other actions at today’s board meeting in Madison.
Wisconsin Capitol Police issued Michael Crute a citation for singing in the State Capitol without a permit. Recently, a state appeals court concluded that the rule requiring permits for sing-alongs is unconstitutional under the First Amendment.
Donald Peter was “exposed” to asbestos decades before the exposure manifested itself through mesothelioma. Recently, a state appeals court ruled that Peter’s claims for “damages” would be too late under the state’s statute of repose, but can continue since the defendant was not engaged in improvements to real property.
Danny Alexander wanted to be resentenced, arguing that he was compelled to make incriminating statements to his probation officer and the sentencing judge relied on them to sentence him. Recently, the state supreme court disagreed.
A state appeals court has certified criminal cases to decide the point at which deportation becomes “likely” enough to allow a defendant to withdraw a plea on the basis that they were not informed of the immigration consequences of the plea.
Despite a conclusive genetic test, a state appeals court has ruled that the court correctly disregarded the genetic test and properly dismissed a potential father’s action to establish paternity because dismissal was in the child’s best interest.
A defendant who requested a substitution of judge in the criminal case against him will get a new trial because the judge, who granted the substitution, ultimately presided over the trial, the Wisconsin Supreme Court has ruled.
The Wisconsin Supreme Court has ruled that the Daubert standard, which tests whether an expert is qualified to testify, did not apply in the discharge proceedings commenced by two defendants involuntarily committed as sexually violent.