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Schimel appoints Viste to lead crime victim services

Wisconsin’s attorney general has promoted a prosecutor to lead the state Department of Justice’s Office of Crime Victim Services.

Schimel announced Wednesday that he had appointed Michelle Viste to be executive director of the office. Viste, an assistant attorney general, will replace Jill Karofsky, who was elected to a seat on the Dane County Circuit Court bench in the spring and will assume her new job Aug. 1.

Before her time at the DOJ, Viste had been an assistant district attorney in Dane, Outagamie and Winnebago counties, a deputy district attorney in Dane County and the Waushara County District Attorney.

Viste, who graduated from the University of Wisconsin Law school in 1999, will start her new position on Aug. 9.

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Erika Strebel is the law beat reporter for the Wisconsin Law Journal and a law school student at UW-Madison. She can be reached at 414-225-1825.

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