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Defendant protesting outside of courthouse loses appeal

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — A defendant who tried to give a juror a flyer denouncing the judge about to consider his case has lost an appeal.

The 2nd District Court of Appeals on Wednesday upheld the contempt of court conviction for William Wisth.

He was sitting outside of the Ozaukee County court house in July 2014 with a cardboard sign accusing the judge presiding over his case of bias. He was also handing out flyers.

Wisth had said he intended to give his 500 flyers only to people who weren’t jurors and didn’t recognize a female juror when he tried to hand her one.

The appeals court rejected his argument that his action didn’t affect the trial, saying he’d been ordered not to interact with jurors.

Wisth’s attorney didn’t immediately respond to a message.

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