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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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Wrongly convicted man now practices law

Christopher Ochoa, 40, is a solo practitioner in Madison. He spent a dozen years in prison for a crime he did not commit. Admittedly, Ochoa says his career choice is unique, but necessary to ensure people do not suffer the ...

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Bertz, Knudson seek State Bar presidency

Attorneys Tom Bertz, of Stevens Point, and Ken Knudson, of Superior, have accepted nominations to run for 2008 State Bar of Wisconsin president-elect. Bertz is a partner with Anderson, O’Brien, Bertz, Skrenes & Golla, practicing in the areas of litigation, ...

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Judge Shabaz’s seat draws 16 candidates

Six circuit court judges, six private practitioners, two U.S. attorneys, one magistrate judge and one law clerk applied for the seat of U.S. District Court Judge John C. Shabaz, who is seeking the equivalent of judicial semi-retirement. The diverse group ...

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Stray voltage cases were timely filed

Two sets of dairy farmers timely filed lawsuits against Northern States Power Co., alleging damage to their herds from stray voltage, the Wisconsin Supreme Court held on Thursday. The court also held that the utility’s compliance with the filed rate ...

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