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Tag Archives: Jeffrey Wagner

Insanity defenses face long odds

Despite a few recent cases in which a mental defense was raised, local judges, attorneys and court observers say there has been a decline in the frequency of the defense.

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Jury: Spooner sane when he killed teen neighbor (UPDATE)

A Milwaukee man knew exactly what he was doing when he accused his teenage neighbor of burglary and then fired a bullet into the boy's chest, jurors decided Friday. The verdict essentially guarantees that 76-year-old John Henry Spooner will die behind bars.

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Judge sentences illegal immigrant to work release

MILWAUKEE (AP) — Federal immigration officials say they won’t get involved in a work release sentence for an illegal immigrant in Milwaukee County. Armando Rodriguez-Benitez was recently sentenced to 11 months in jail for driving drunk the wrong way on a Milwaukee freeway. Judge Jeffrey Wagner sentenced the defendant to work release privileges, even though Rodriguez-Benitez is in the country ...

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Milwaukee mom sentenced for trying to smother son

MILWAUKEE (AP) — A Milwaukee woman caught on video trying to smother her infant son at a hospital has been sentenced to 12 years in prison. Twenty-five-year-old Erika Gutierrez had been charged a year ago with eight counts of child abuse. Four counts were dismissed before she was found guilty after a nonjury trial before a judge this winter. Judge ...

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Wagner, Conen each affirmed 23 times

Two Milwaukee County Circuit Court judges - Jeffrey A. Conen and Jeffrey Wagner - led the courts in facing review on appeal in 2010. Both were reviewed 23 times in 2010, and affirmed 23 times, without reversal.

"It's certainly gratifying to hear that," Judge Wagner said. "We all try to do our best."

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