A three-judge panel for the U. S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit has ruled same-sex marriage bans in Wisconsin and Indiana are unconstitutional. Wisconsin’s same-sex marriage ban was instituted as a constitutional amendment in 2006.
Based on a “back extrapolation,” a toxicologist concluded that Todd Giese’s blood alcohol concentration was close to triple the legal limit when he crashed his car about four hours before the actual blood was drawn by a medical technician.
The Wisconsin Supreme Court has upheld the conviction of a murderer, despite an argument that evidence in the case should have been suppressed because police tracked the suspect’s cell phone location to find him without a warrant.
A “motor bicycle” is a bicycle with a motor. Riders can still pedal the bicycle in the traditional sense, but a motor option can be triggered at will. Recently, a state appeals court ruled that a motor bicycle was subject to drunk driving laws.
The Wisconsin Supreme Court has upheld the convictions of two defendants who argued that their incriminating statements to police should have been suppressed because they properly invoked a right to remain silent.
Aug. 22, 2014 – Attorney Anthony Gray, featured speaker at the State Bar of Wisconsin’s Health, Labor and Employment (HLE) Law Institute yesteday, had a few ideas about tackling ethical dilemmas, which attorneys face on a daily basis.
Institutions are protected under Wisconsin’s harassment injunction statute, the Wisconsin Supreme Court has ruled, denying Jeffrey Decker’s claim that only natural persons can seek injunctions to stop harassment by an individual.
A unanimous Wisconsin Supreme Court has ruled that the state’s rape shield law barred a defendant from introducing evidence of prior sexual conduct with the complainant he was accused of sexually assaulting, reversing the lower appeals court.
Attorneys Scott Winston and Thomas Guelzow mutually agreed to separate their two firms, which had been operating jointly. Recently, a state appeals court decided the fate of contingency fees earned after the separation.
Aug. 14, 2014 – The identity of a confidential informant will not be disclosed, the Wisconsin Supreme Court has ruled, despite a criminal defendant’s motion for an in camera review of expected testimony to determine what the informant knew.
A father and a police officer sustained injuries while trying to rescue a 23-month-old baby from a vehicle that was struck by a train during a Memorial Day parade. Recently, the Wisconsin Supreme Court majority made its ruling on the case.
A couple who tried to obtain title to lakefront property by adverse possession recently lost at the Wisconsin Supreme Court, which ruled that “subjective intent” was relevant in rebutting the presumption that their possession was hostile.
When searching a car with the driver’s consent, police found a briefcase. The briefcase owner, passenger Derik Wantland, asked whether police had a warrant to open it. Recently, the Wisconsin Supreme Court ruled (4-3) that police didn’t need one.
Aug. 8, 2014 – George Brown, State Bar of Wisconsin executive director, was sworn in as president of the National Association of Bar Executives (NABE) at its Annual Meeting in Boston, yesterday. Founded in 1941, NABE is dedicated to serving professionals.
The Wisconsin Supreme Court has unanimously ruled that a Wisconsin's same-sex domestic partnership law does not violate the state’s constitutional ban on same-sex marriage, a ruling that comes amidst litigation challenging same-sex marriage bans in severa l states, including Wisconsin.
In two separate cases challenging a law that requires photo identification to vote, a Wisconsin Supreme Court majority has ruled that the law does not unconstitutionally burden voters and is a reasonable regulation on elections.
The Wisconsin Supreme Court (5-2) recently upheld Act 10, ruling that the “budget repair bill” does not violate constitutional protections through provisions that limit the right of workers to collectively bargain through unions.
Aug. 1, 2014 – A 5-2 majority of the Wisconsin Supreme Court, granting due weight deference to the Wisconsin Labor and Industry Review Commission (LIRC), has ruled that unpaid interns do not have the same protections as regular paid employees.
July 31, 2014 – The Wisconsin Supreme Court, in a 5-2 majority (with one concurrence), affirmed the court of appeals in applying a harmless error review to a circuit court’s refusal to let a defendant testify on her own behalf at trial, finding that the trial court’s denial was a harmless error.
July 30, 2014 – An estranged wife is not considered a “surviving spouse” under the state’s wrongful death law, the Wisconsin Supreme Court has ruled in a 4-3 decision, meaning a father’s minor children are first in line to recover for his wrongful death.