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High court considers innocence requirement in malpractice suit against state public defender

A lawsuit filed against an assistant state public defender is calling into question the innocence requirement in malpractice cases against criminal-defense counsel. The Wisconsin Supreme Court took up the case and is now considering whether it should recognize exceptions to the innocent requirement.

About Michaela Paukner, mpaukner@wislawjournal.com

Michaela Paukner is the legal reporter for the Wisconsin Law Journal. She can be reached at (414) 225-1825 or by email at mpaukner@wislawjournal.com.

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