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BENCH BLOG: Court helps define when open-records net can take in personal notes

BENCH BLOG: Court helps define when open-records net can take in personal notes

When a mid-state newspaper made a full-court press for the release of employee notes that were taken down during a school district’s disciplinary investigation, the Court of Appeals took the opportunity to construe an exception to the public-records law.

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View from around the state: Ozanne made us think as much as listen

View from around the state: Ozanne made us think as much as listen

In a moment that would have challenged even the most capable person, he shined under intense pressure with humanity and grace. And in the process, Dane County's district attorney helped our community begin to understand the facts it so desperately sought for two months in the fatal police shooting of 19-year-old Tony Robinson. Ismael Ozanne made us think as much as he made us listen Tuesday.

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Attorneys must be given resources to defend criminals

Attorneys must be given resources to defend criminals

“The right of one charged with crime to counsel may not be deemed fundamental and essential to fair trials in some countries, but it is in ours,” announced the U.S. Supreme Court in 1963 in first determining that the Sixth and Fourteenth Amendments to the U.S. Constitution requires states to provide lawyers to the indigent accused facing a potential loss of liberty in a felony case.

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BENCH BLOG: Court opens door for more ‘other-acts evidence’

BENCH BLOG: Court opens door for more ‘other-acts evidence’

In keeping with last year’s legislative changes to the state’s other-acts evidence statute, the conservative majority on the Wisconsin Supreme Court took a recent case involving the sexual assault of a child as an occasion to liberalize its application of this sort of evidence.

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