The Wisconsin Supreme Court issued 54 authored decisions in the 2018-19 term. This article provides statistics and analysis, as well as insights from civil and criminal lawyers, with the holdings and votes in all 54 decisions.
The recent conviction of the physicians, investors, and staff of a Dallas hospital on fraud and other charges is an opportunity for lawyers to review their clients’ contractual relationships and internal compliance programs. David Edquist, Stacy Gerber Ward, and Daniel Balk III discuss the case and the state and federal statutes that prosecutors used to obtain convictions.
Wisconsin could lessen the disparate impact and high costs of its incarceration laws by addressing prison sentences for inmates who committed crimes when they were under age 18. Here is data about individuals serving life-without-parole sentences for homicides committed when they were under age 18, and thoughts for reform.
The Wisconsin Supreme Court has upheld a restitution order of about $8,500 payable to a burglary victim, rejecting the defendant’s argument that the circuit court improperly considered prior, unproven burglaries in determining that amount.
Odalo Ohiku confesses his glaring daily struggle. On one hand, fighting blood, sweat, and tears for strangers. On the other, living with his one and only older brother locked in prison.
Wisconsin is among a minority of states with almost no tolerance for marijuana-based products of any kind, whether for medical purposes or for recreational uses, says Nick Fairweather of Hawks Quindel S.C., Madison.
In Part 2 of the "Owning the Problem" series, the author summarizes the financial costs of mass incarceration and compares Wisconsin's prison costs and incarceration rates to those of nearby states. He then explains the social costs: to the imprisoned individuals, to their families, and to their communities.