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The moderate, pragmatic legacy of Stephen Breyer

Stephen Breyer will leave a legacy that reflects the Supreme Court he joined nearly three decades ago – less fractious and less partisan than the bench he is reportedly set to leave at the end of the current term.

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Look ahead to 2022 with family law

Last month’s column took a look back at the developments in family law for 2021. So, it seems appropriate to dedicate this month’s column to a look ahead to 2022.

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Technology puts will-writing in reach for most people – but they’re not the end of the line for producing a legally binding document

The promise of online wills is undeniable. Online programs offer people an easy way to write their wills. Online templates can be completed anywhere, at any time. There is no office appointment, no indiscreet questions from a lawyer about who is getting what. You don't have to leave home and you don't even have to get dressed.

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Tax plan deserves debate

Wisconsin conservatives last week posed a plan to eliminate Wisconsin’s income tax — which is the ninth highest in the country – and instead boost the state’s sales tax from 5% to 8%.

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COLUMN: Exploiting an abhorrent act

A few weeks out of law school, I got my dream job. After some short training, I was sent into court and given two instructions: First, don’t f**k up. Second, if you do f**k up, don’t let it get in the newspapers.

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Editorial: Ron Johnson spouts his worst idea yet

Wisconsin’s conspiratorial U.S. Sen. Ron Johnson has spouted plenty of garbage in recent months — that mouthwash has been proven to kill COVID-19, that unvaccinated people are being put “basically into internment camps,” that climate change is “bullsh-t.” But the Oshkosh Republican’s worst idea among many doozies went like this: He wants his partisan pals at the statehouse in Madison ...

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Overcoming obstacles to recruiting and retaining diverse employees

As 2021 comes to a close, employers throughout the country are responding to what commentators have called the “Great Resignation.” Many workers are experiencing exhaustion, work-related stress, and burnout, and are responding by simply leaving their jobs. As reported, four million Americans quit in July 2021 alone, and that number continues to rise.

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Editorial: A just outcome for Wisconsin with sexual-assault kits

Last week’s final steps to enact a law regarding the state’s processing of sexual assault kits was the right move for Wisconsin in both the legal and moral senses of the word. It is partial fulfillment of one of humanity’s oldest legal aphorisms: Justice, justice shall you pursue. There was never any real disagreement over the need for such a ...

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EXPLAINER: What is ex-cop charged with in Wright death?

A white suburban Minneapolis police officer charged with manslaughter in the death of Daunte Wright, a Black man, said she meant to use her Taser to try to stop him from fleeing during an attempted arrest but accidentally grabbed her gun instead.

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Rittenhouse case raises question: What makes a fair trial?

At one point, the 18-year-old murder defendant stood behind the seated, black-robed judge and peered over him to review evidence. At another, on Veterans Day, the judge led the jury and others in the courtroom in applause for veterans just as a defense witness who had served in the Army was about to testify.

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Which side did better in Rittenhouse closings?

A defense lawyer angrily accused the prosecution at Kyle Rittenhouse's murder trial of lying. The lead prosecutor struck a measured tone, even as he raised the accused's rifle at one point and sighted at a courtroom wall.

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Could jury weigh lesser charges for Rittenhouse?

Prosecutors in Kyle Rittenhouse's murder trial could ask the jury to consider lesser charges when it gets the case, a move that could secure a conviction for some crime but take a possible life sentence off the table.

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There should be no ties in litigation

There is a saying in sports that a tie is like kissing your sister. For an appeal to the Wisconsin Supreme Court, however, a tie would be like kissing your sister after having paid her a lot of money.

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EXPLAINER: Prosecutors play up Rittenhouse inexperience

Prosecutors trying to convict Kyle Rittenhouse of murder have been working to paint him as an inexperienced teenager who misrepresented his age and medical training to other armed civilians in his group on the night he shot three men during a protest against police brutality in Wisconsin last year. Assistant District Attorney Thomas Binger has drawn out testimony during the ...

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