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    Jan. 19, 2022
    Criminal Law Section Blog

    Individuals charged with a criminal offense are legally provided the presumption of innocence. However, those unable to post bond are subject to pretrial detention and the same treatment as those sentenced to confinement upon conviction. Nicole Muller explores the constitutional conflict between the presumption of innocence and pretrial detention in Wisconsin, and how attorneys can better advocate and protect the presumption of innocence.

    Dec. 23, 2021
    Criminal Law Section Blog

    A sentencing court is not bound by the mandatory minimum prison sentence if a defendant qualifies for safety-valve relief. Lee D. Schuchart discusses the provision and two recent cases that appear to disagree on whether “and” actually means “and.”

    Nov. 10, 2021
    Criminal Law Section Blog

    What ethical limitations apply to a lawyer advocating systemic reforms? Chuck Stertz discusses the intersection of two aspects of the Supreme Court Rules of professional conduct: that they encourage attorneys’ active participation in efforts to improve the law and legal profession, while also requiring attorneys to zealously advocate for their clients and maintain client confidentiality.

    Oct. 15, 2021
    Criminal Law Section Blog

    A recent Bureau of Justice Statistics study says that most former prisoners are reconvicted of a new offense or are returned to prison within 10 years of their release. Michael O’Hear outlines the study’s results, which also say that, for those who avoid rearrest in the first three years, recidivism rates drop sharply over time.

    Sep. 16, 2021
    Criminal Law Section Blog

    A woman predicted that her husband might try to kill her. Then, she died by poisoning. The husband was charged with the killing. Could the wife’s accusation “from beyond the grave” be used against him at trial? Michael O’Hear discusses the case that required the Wisconsin Supreme Court to make sense of a messy line of U.S. Supreme Court decisions on the Confrontation Clause.

    Aug. 17, 2021
    Criminal Law Section Blog

    The State Public Defenders Office’s (SPD) goal to ensure that all clients are provided zealous and effective representation, regardless of the clients’ means, is a challenging one, especially in light of recent developments, like COVID-19. Katie York discusses the need for more attorneys willing to take SPD cases and ways that the SPD is using to close the gap.

    Jul. 19, 2021
    Criminal Law Section Blog

    Although the nature of legal practice during the pandemic proved to be challenging for all, Timothy Verhoff reflects on some systemic changes implemented that could have a positive, lasting impact.

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