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May 16, 2013

State’s judges in middle of pack for pay

One way or another, the approximately 300 judges in Minnesota are getting a raise next year. There are no such raises, however, planned for Wisconsin judges.

May 16, 2013

Jane Kelly’s experience rare on US appeals court

Jane Kelly will become a federal appeals court judge Friday with an unusual background that supporters say makes her a perfect fit for the job and a potential U.S. Supreme Court candidate someday.

May 16, 2013

Judge: Snookered by service dog claim

A Bucks County, Pa., district judge says he fell for a dog owner's story that her wiener dog had a right to be in the courtroom with her for medical reasons. Now Judge Daniel Baranoski is warning his county colleagues to be on the lookout for similar phony service dog claims.

May 16, 2013

AG finds excavating business liable for environmental violations

The Wisconsin Attorney General's Office found Schmitt Challenges Inc., Beaver Dam, and owner Carl Schmitt liable for $70,000 in fines and court costs related to environmental violations.

May 16, 2013

Redistricting case settled, no malicious intent

A group of Democrats and an immigration rights organization that sued the state over redistricting have dropped their efforts to determine why Republicans failed to turn over records in the case.

May 15, 2013

Supreme Court treads carefully in patent ruling

The U.S. Supreme Court’s surgically narrow ruling prohibiting a farmer from using seeds harvested from patented herbicide-resistant soybeans has left lawyers with more questions than answers about the extent of patent owners’ rights in other emerging, self-replicating technologies.

May 15, 2013

Rule changes would deal with discovery

Lawyers are concerned that discovery is getting out of hand.

May 15, 2013

Dogs give comfort — and controversy — in court

The twins were 7, shy and scared. Talking was tough and describing what happened nearly impossible.

May 15, 2013

Democrats delay vote on injunction bill

Minority Democrats in the state Assembly have delayed a final vote on a Republican bill that would allow attorneys to nullify injunctions blocking state laws.

May 14, 2013

Janesville man sentenced to life in Rockford slayings

A Wisconsin man who was convicted in the 2010 slayings of a Rockford couple has been sentenced to life in prison.

May 14, 2013

Assembly passes drunken driving sentences

The state Assembly has passed a Republican bill that would ensure repeat drunken drivers spend time behind bars.

May 14, 2013

Assembly passes underage drinking bill

The state Assembly has approved a Republican bill that would allow bars and liquor stores to sue underage patrons or their parents for $1,000.


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