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Defendant can withdraw pleas

On April 1, the Wisconsin Court of Appeals held that the Department of Justice properly denied Joseph E. Koll, Jr., a gun permit, because he had two prior convictions for disorderly conduct that were based on domestic violence. One week ...

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Expert testimony not needed in contract case

Expert testimony is unnecessary to prove breach of a computer consulting agreement. But according to attorney Jeffrey P. Aiken, who represented the computer consultants, that April 8 holding by the Wisconsin Court of Appeals will not only upend the law ...

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Requests to alter child support on the rise

A man recently came to the Dane County Circuit Court seeking a reduction in his child support payments, given that he was unemployed and looking for work. Family Court Commissioner Mary E. Keppel said the man, who had a criminal ...

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Circuit Court Election Results

Election 2009 Circuit Court Results Here are April 7 results from each of the 16 circuit court races in the state which saw new seats filled in Kenosha and Green counties along with one incumbent, Judge George S. Curry, upset ...

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Disorderly conduct is bar to gun ownership

A disorderly conduct conviction will bar an applicant from getting a handgun permit from the state, if the charging documents reveal a domestic relation between the applicant and the victim. Relying on the recent U.S. Supreme Court opinion in U.S. ...

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Violent nursing home attacks are on the rise

Boston — Criminal offenders and mentally ill residents are fueling an increase in patient-to-patient assaults at nursing homes, according to experts. This growing violence is sparking a rise in civil lawsuits by families of patients who have been assaulted by ...

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Attorney asks Supremes to remand arbitration

Attorneys never like to lose, but Steven A. Levine was content with a defeat he suffered last December. An arbitrator ruled against him and two other lawyers who claimed the State Bar of Wisconsin’s recent public image campaign should qualify ...

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Attorney rallies opposition to state DOT rule

An out-of-state attorney is organizing opposition to a Wisconsin Department of Transportation budget proposal that would make it more difficult to fight the agency over land seized for road projects. The proposal limits the amount of attorney fees landowners can ...

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Getting your firm on a firm footing

With the economy in decline, it’s a good time to put your firm’s financial house in order.That’s the word from Linda C. Shely, a Scottsdale, Ariz. solo attorney who provides ethics and risk management advice to lawyers and law firms. ...

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