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Author Archives: 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.

WILL president ‘a bit angry’ about cartoon depicting him as executioner

Rick Esenberg, president and general counsel of the Wisconsin Institute for Law and Liberty, said he was initially "a bit angry" after seeing a political cartoon depicting him as an executioner with several nooses. The Cap Times, a Madison newspaper, published the cartoon this week in response to WILL's lawsuit against the Wisconsin Elections Committee.

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‘Average Joe’ attorney Menard accused of running Ponzi scheme

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A new set of felony charges filed against the Milwaukee attorney Robert Menard allege he was running a Ponzi scheme and accuse him of stealing about $250,000 from his clients. Menard, who billed himself as a worker's compensation lawyer for the "Average Joe," is already faced with two other lawsuits alleging he had stolen hundreds of thousands from clients and his former business partner.

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‘Really?’: Supreme Court justices disagree on invoking laches in homicide appeal

The Wisconsin Supreme Court disagreed on invoking laches in an appeal case that concerns a defendant's rights in a 2007 homicide conviction. Last week, a 4-3 majority upheld imposing laches in the case, prompting the responses "Really?" in one of the arguments.

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