Dec. 8, 2014 – Top state and federal court decisions. A feature on creative financing for energy upgrades to existing buildings. A Q&A with the Hon. James D. Peterson, new to the federal district bench. Don’t miss the December Wisconsin Lawyer.
Mandatory e-filing and a proposed rule requiring redaction of certain “protected information” in court documents were among the discussion topics at the State Bar of Wisconsin Board of Governors' meeting today in Madison.
Ramon Gonzalez was required to show the jury his platinum teeth during his trial for battery against a fellow jail inmate. Recently, the state Supreme Court rejected Gonzalez’s argument that this violated his right against self-incrimination.
Dec. 2, 2014 – On the heels of “Black Friday” and “Cyber Monday” – days conceived to attract holiday shoppers, today is #GivingTuesday, a global day to celebrate generosity and to give back to those organizations that are making a difference in your community.
A man who reached a plea agreement in his armed robbery case can now withdraw the plea, a Wisconsin Supreme Court majority (4-3) has ruled, because the man was misinformed about the sentence he faced if convicted.
Class counsel attorneys’ fees averaging $538 per hour was excessive compensation, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit has ruled in an appeal from a class action settlement involving makers and distributors of dietary supplements.
Nov. 26, 2014 – On behalf of the State Bar leadership, management and staff, thank you for the contributions you make to the legal profession, your communities, and the State Bar. Enjoy and have a Happy Thanksgiving.
Blaire Frett received an underage drinking ticket in 2012 but pled to an amended charge of littering. She paid the fine and later moved the circuit court to expunge her record. Recently, an appeals court said the record could not be expunged.
Oshkosh police responded to a complaint that someone was smoking marijuana at an apartment complex. Recently, a state appeals court ruled that police did not violate the suspect’s Fourth Amendment rights despite entering without a warrant.
By a 95-0 vote, the U.S. Senate yesterday confirmed Pamela Pepper as the newest judge for the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Wisconsin. Pepper will leave her post as chief judge of the Eastern District’s U.S. Bankruptcy Court.
Nov. 20, 2014 – A state appeals court recently clarified that a person can commit identity theft regardless of whether he or she knows that personally identifying information belongs to an actual person.
David Carlson, who pled guilty to sexual assault of a child, said his counsel was ineffective for telling him that pleading guilty would give him a “realistic possibility” of avoiding prison time. Recently, a state appeals court rejected the claim.
Alyce Armstrong bought a “landlord insurance policy” to insure a duplex she owned in Milwaukee. A fire caused substantial property damage to the duplex. Now the insurer, Allstate Indemnity, faces a bad faith claim by Armstrong’s estate.
Governor Scott Walker is seeking applicants for Waukesha County District Attorney to fill the vacancy left vacant by the election of Brad Schimel as the Wisconsin Attorney General.
The warrants ordering Google and Yahoo to produce the email records of an employee who worked for then-Milwaukee County Executive Scott Walker were valid and did not violate her Fourth Amendment rights, a state appeals court has ruled.
The New York Times reported yesterday that John Doar, “a country lawyer from northern Wisconsin who led the federal government’s on-the-ground efforts to dismantle segregation in the South,” has died at the age of 92 from heart failure.
The Wisconsin Supreme Court may decide whether the was sufficient evidence to convict Maltese Williams of felony murder while clarifying whether courts must measure evidence against jury instructions or against statutory requirements.
Last week, the U.S. Supreme Court granted review of a case to determine whether tax rules, enacted as part of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, authorize tax credits for insurance plans purchased outside state-run “exchanges.”
A “John Doe” plaintiff who was sexually abused by catholic priest in 1974 settled his claims with the Archdiocese of Milwaukee for $80,000. Recently, a federal appeals court said the plaintiff cannot resurrect the claim in bankruptcy court.
A prosecutor in Portage County elicited a promise from the jury during voir dire to convict if the state proved beyond a reasonable doubt that the defendant was driving with a prohibited alcohol concentration. Recently, a state appeals court ruled the pro mise did not violate the defendant’s constitutional right to a jury trial.