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Wisconsin Supreme Court
Sep 26, 2016

High court to tackle DNA surcharges

The Wisconsin Supreme Court will hear oral arguments next month in a case questioning whether a law requiring felons to pay a surcharge for DNA testing should have been applied retroactively in a Racine woman's burglary conviction.

Nov 2, 2015

Man faces homicide charge in 21-year-old Racine cold case

Authorities have identified a man arrested in a 21-year-old cold-case homicide investigation in Racine.

May 21, 2015

Court: DNA surcharge was too high for felony convictions

A Wisconsin appeals court has ruled that a DNA surcharge applied to a convicted felon was too high because it was based on a law that was not in effect at the time he committed his crimes.

May 20, 2015

Appeals court invalidates portion of DNA surcharge (UPDATE)

An appeals court invalidated a section of state law Wednesday that requires judges to impose a a DNA surcharge on misdemeanor convictions without submitting an actual sample, a ruling that could affect potentially thousands of criminals caught up in a wrinkle of budgetary timing.

Apr 6, 2015

Green Bay-area jails to take DNA samples under new state law

Jails in the Green Bay area are taking on the responsibility of collecting DNA samples from people arrested for violent felonies as part of a new Wisconsin law.

Nov 24, 2014

DOJ preps for big jump in DNA testing

The state Department of Justice has hired nearly twenty more workers and begun a pricey renovation of its Madison crime lab so that it will be able to handle tens of thousands of additional DNA samples when new collection requirements take effect next year.

Jun 30, 2014

Racine man convicted in 2005 triple homicide

A Racine man has been convicted for his role in a 2005 triple homicide that stemmed from a dispute over an allegedly rigged dice game at a bar.

May 8, 2014

DOJ preparing for familial DNA testing (UPDATE)

The Wisconsin Department of Justice is preparing to start familial DNA tests in hopes of generating more leads for local police, raising concerns from privacy advocates.

Apr 30, 2014

Claims Board wary of setting precedent in Shomberg case (UPDATE)

Members of the Wisconsin Claims Board expressed concern Wednesday that paying the estate of a deceased Madison man who was incarcerated for a crime for which he was acquitted may set precedent for other families to make similar claims.

Apr 28, 2014

Claims Board will hear man’s case again (UPDATE)

The family of a Wisconsin man who died soon after he was denied compensation for a wrongful conviction plans to press his case again before the Wisconsin Claims Board this week.

Apr 22, 2014

Kenosha man sentenced to life for 2012 homicide (UPDATE)

A Kenosha man convicted of strangling a woman in 2012 and leaving her body in a cemetery was sentenced to life in prison, and a judge denied the possibility of parole after the man continued to insist he was innocent.

Apr 13, 2014

Legal minds eye quality control for convictions

Hospitals have staff conferences to examine why patients died. Airline pilots have a system for voluntarily submitting information on safety concerns. Yet the life-and-death world of criminal justice often operates without a similar mechanism for probing its most feared failures: wrongful convictions.


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