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BENCH BLOG: Implied consent case shows need to update refusal-hearing statute

Judge Jean DiMotto retired in 2013 after
16 years on the Milwaukee County Circuit bench and now serves as a 
reserve judge. She also is of counsel with Nistler Law office SC. She can be reached at jeandimotto@gmail.com

Under the implied-consent law, is your consent to a blood test for alcohol “coerced” because it is a foregone conclusion that the threatened license revocation for refusing would be vacated at a refusal hearing? The Court of Appeals recently took up this question.

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CRITIC’S CORNER: Convicting Avery (and overturning Denny)

Steven Avery is the poster child for wrongful convictions. Avery was released from prison after spending nearly two decades behind bars for a rape that DNA evidence later proved he could not have committed. He is now serving a life sentence for killing Teresa Halbach on Oct. 31, 2005, and burning her body near the family's auto salvage lot in rural Manitowoc County. 
AP PHOTO/KIRK WAGNER, POOL

The wildly popular Netflix documentary “Making a Murderer” chronicles the two convictions of Steven Avery. The bulk of the documentary concentrated on Avery’s second case — his trial for the murder of Teresa Halbach — in which there was a great deal of evidence that someone else, other than Avery, committed the crime.

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