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James Peterson

Feb 16, 2024

2 former Didion Milling officials sentenced to 2 years in Wisconsin corn plant blast

A federal judge sentenced two senior employees at a Wisconsin corn plant to two years in prison Thursday for falsifying records and obstructing an investigation into a fatal corn dust explosion seven years ago.

Feb 22, 2023

Ex-legislator gets 33 months in employment tax charge case

A former state lawmaker who once served as Wisconsin's tourism secretary has been sentenced to 33 months in prison after pleading guilty to failing to pay nearly $200,000 in employment taxes.

Aug 26, 2022

Judge poised to allow help for disabled Wisconsin voters

A federal judge in Wisconsin signaled Wednesday that he will allow voters with disabilities to get help returning their ballots this fall, despite a state Supreme Court ruling that cast doubt on such assistance and state law suggesting it is not allowed.

Oct 22, 2021

Ex-Wisconsin teacher gets 12 years for secret videotapes

A former Wisconsin high school teacher accused of secretly videotaping undressed students during field trips was sentenced Friday to 12 years in prison after reaching a plea deal with federal prosecutors.

Oct 1, 2021

Federal judge sets hearing on blocking Wisconsin wolf hunt

A federal judge on Friday scheduled a hearing for later this month on whether to block Wisconsin's fall wolf hunt.

Dec 16, 2020

Judge: DOC wrong to deny transgender inmate’s request for confirmation surgery

A Dec. 8 ruling from the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Wisconsin could change the Wisconsin Department of Corrections' approach to providing medical care to transgender inmates.

Apr 23, 2020

State courts adapt to Zoom online videoconferencing proceedings

“We’ll call the treatment court session into order. This is April 15, 2020, so welcome everyone.”

Oct 1, 2019

Federal judge tosses Democrats’ lame-duck lawsuit

Wisconsin Democrats trying to undo laws that Republicans passed just before Gov. Scott Walker left office suffered another setback in court when a judge threw out their federal lawsuit.

Jun 12, 2019

A look at where Wisconsin’s lame-duck laws, challenges stand

The Wisconsin Supreme Court has reinstated almost all of the laws passed by Republicans during a December lame-duck legislative session that limited the powers of the state's incoming Democratic governor and attorney general.

Jun 10, 2019

Man sentenced for threatening to shoot Alabama Guard member

A federal judge has sentenced a Wisconsin man for threatening to shoot a member of the Alabama National Guard.

Apr 30, 2019

Appellate judges affirm tribal casino lawsuit dismissal

A federal appellate panel has affirmed a lower court's decision to dismiss a northern Wisconsin tribe's lawsuit seeking to block a rival tribe's casino expansion.

Mar 18, 2019

Attorney tries to persuade judge to toss lame-duck lawsuit (UPDATE)

An attorney for Republican legislators urged a judge Monday to throw out a lawsuit challenging lame-duck laws limiting the governor and attorney general's powers, warning that blocking the laws could throw decades' worth of other statutes into jeopardy.

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