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Exonerees hope to find strength in numbers

The Wisconsin Innocence Project (WIP) does not offer formalized services to exonerees, because that’s not its area of training or expertise. “But it depends on the individual case,” says WIP co-director, Professor Keith A. Findley. “We do what we can. ...

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Putting broken lives back together

Mike Piaskowski spent five and a half years behind bars for a crime he didn’t commit. But even after a federal judge overturned the conviction in 2001 due to insufficient evidence, in many ways Piaskowski is still a prisoner of ...

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Commission files complaint against new justice

The Wisconsin Judicial Commission has filed a complaint against Justice Michael J. Gableman for an ad that ran during the 2008 Supreme Court race. Alleging that the ad contained “false statements” and a “misrepresentation of the facts,” the commission’s complaint ...

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Drug users lose right to bear arms

The U.S. District Court in the Western District of Wisconsin has issued what appears to be first opinion in the country since D.C. v. Heller, 128 S.Ct. 2783 (2008), to consider whether the federal ban on possession of firearms by ...

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Complaint responds to campaign tactics

The Wisconsin Judicial Commission’s complaint against Justice Michael J. Gableman for an ad that ran during the 2008 Supreme Court race was a step in the right direction, according to a University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee professor. Alleging that the ad contained ...

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Court reverses sexual assault conviction

In a prosecution for sexual assault of a child, the state may ask an expert witness about typical signs indicating that a child has been “coached” to make a false allegation, and whether the child exhibits such signs. However, prosecutors ...

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Van Hollen suit allowed to proceed

The state’s code of professional conduct for attorneys permits current Attorney General J.B. Van Hollen to sue one of his current clients, the Government Accountability Board (GAB). But whether it’s a proper use of his power is yet to be ...

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