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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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Federal law and Trump’s ‘Mexican judge’ comments

Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump speaks during a campaign rally in Fairfield, Conn., on Saturday. Trumps’ comments about U.S. District Court Judge Gonzalo Curiel were out of line, but they do provide a chance to reflect on how principles should guide our relationships with the judicial branch. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

In an election year of equal opportunity hyperbole, presidential candidate Donald Trump’s comments in late May and early June about U.S. District Court Judge Gonzalo Curiel — suggesting that his “Mexican” heritage creates an “absolute conflict” precluding him from presiding over the Trump University class action suit — were certain to ignite strong feelings, fears and days of seemingly endless talking-head debates.

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Making the jump from criminal to civil is more natural than you may think

Andrew Wier is an associate at Habush Habush & Rottier’s Kenosha office whose practice includes all types of personal-injury claims. Before the firm, Wier workedfor five years as an Assistant District Attorney in the Racine County District Attorney’s Office. He currently serves on the Caledonia Police and Fire Commission and is the President-Elect of the Kenosha County Bar Association.

I spent five years as a prosecutor in the Racine County District Attorney’s office and made the leap to civil law in January of 2014 with Habush Habush & Rottier. Since then, I’ve heard the above comment expressed with some frequency by lawyers who only practice criminal law and question how well their experience would transfer to a civil practice.

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