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Prosecutors, defense attorneys clash over interrogation techniques

Julius Kim, a criminal defense attorney with Brookfield-based Kim & LaVoy, used to train police officers when he was an assistant district attorney for Milwaukee County. He says he hopes that because more interrogations are being videotaped, courts will start to throw out confessions obtained using psychological techniques that affect whether a statement is, by law, voluntary. (Staff photo by Kevin Harnack)

If nothing else, the Netflix series “Making a Murderer” has put a spotlight on an unsettling practice that Julius Kim and other defense lawyers see all the time: The admission into evidence of statements gathered in coercive interrogations.

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Oliveto stays on the defense in decades-long career

Rose Oliveto requires no frills in working to improve the legal community and justice system. The organization she helps run, Southwestern Wisconsin Women Lawyers, is “not a group you’ll find in any book,” she said, but a basic networking and support group for female attorneys in a five-county area. They eschew splashy galas in favor of person-to-person connections.

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