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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 listens to testimony alongside defense attorney Jerry Buting during Avery’s murder trial in Chilton on Feb. 23, 2007. (AP File 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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George Mason Law changing name to ASS Law

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George Mason was a founding father. He was one of the men who was responsible for the Bill of Rights — he wouldn’t sign the constitution without it (or at all, ultimately). Now, the law school at the university that bears his name is changing its name to the Antonin Scalia School of Law at George Mason University — or ASS Law: http://bit.ly/1RRHBQu

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