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New Supreme Court Cases

The Wisconsin Supreme Court has voted to grant review in five cases. The case numbers, issues (provided by the Office of the Clerk of Supreme Court), and counties of origin are listed below. To read the full records, go to ...

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Bomb scare statute upheld

A fake bomb threat is still a “true threat” to safety, for First Amendment purposes, the Wisconsin Court of Appeals held on Jan. 15. As a result, Wis. Stat. sec. 947.015, which prohibits “bomb scares,” is not overbroad, and it ...

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Bar leader, respected litigator passes

Daniel W. Hildebrand, a senior litigator and appellate practitioner at DeWitt Ross & Stevens S.C. in Madison, died Dec. 31, 2007 following a long illness. Hildebrand, a former State Bar president, was actively involved in matters relating to attorneys. He ...

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Supreme Court hears frivolousness case

The state Supreme Court will hold oral arguments Tuesday on a case looking at the process the Wisconsin Court of Appeals should follow when reviewing a circuit court’s finding of frivolousness. According to the court, the case, Donohoo v. Action ...

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Sensenbrenner forwards judicial candidates

U.S. Rep. Jim Sensenbrenner, R-Menomonee Falls, has forwarded the names of six candidates for a federal judge’s seat without reaching agreement with his two colleagues in the U.S. Senate. Last September, the Wisconsin Federal Nominating Commission recommended the list of ...

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Retiree health benefits vested

A retired city of Milwaukee employee is entitled to full health care benefits, even though the city lowered its health care benefits for retirees before he retired, the Wisconsin Court of Appeals held on Dec. 27. Albert Loth, born in ...

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Year in Review Calendar 2007

JANUARY Judge William McMonigal faces a recall effort by his Green Lake County constituency for his acceptance of a plea agreement involving two Illinois attorneys. The push for a recall election ultimately falls short, as its proponents are unable to ...

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Judicial Conduct Panel recommends reprimand of Ziegler

The Judicial Conduct Panel issued its recommendations in the disciplinary proceedings against Justice Annette Kingsland Ziegler, agreeing with the parties that a reprimand is appropriate discipline. In its findings of fact, the panel found that, while her husband was a ...

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Court finds no exigent circumstances

Movement within a house is not an exigent circumstance that justifies a warrantless entry, the Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals held on Dec. 14. A team of DEA agents and Chicago police officers went to the house of Gregory McNeal, ...

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