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John Birdsall

Jul 20, 2017

Lawyers gearing up to defend request to increase private bar rate

Long stagnant, the compensation rate for private lawyers representing indigent criminal defendants will go before the Wisconsin Supreme Court for a possible increase in the court's next term.

May 25, 2017

Attorneys ask for higher pay rate for defending indigent (UPDATE)

Private attorneys who accept indigent defense appointments in Wisconsin say it's time the state raise the hourly rate for taking such cases.

Apr 21, 2017

Criminal defense lawyers proposing increase of private bar rate (UPDATE)

The Wisconsin State Bar Board of Governors has agreed to back a proposal set forth by a group of Wisconsin criminal-defense lawyers that would increase the private bar rate to $100 per hour.

Feb 10, 2017

State Bar weighs in on Trump’s comments about federal judge

The Wisconsin State Bar has posted a statement on its website in support of the judiciary in response to President Donald Trump’s Feb. 4 tweet calling the federal judge who temporarily blocked his immigration executive orders a “so-called judge.” State Bar President Fran Deisinger asked the governors at Friday’s Board of Governors meeting to approve the […]

Apr 25, 2016

After seven years, State Bar to revisit proposed changes to expunction

John Birdsall has seen it happen again and again in his 20-plus years of criminal-defense practice: A client is charged with a crime but never convicted.

May 11, 2014

Illinois man convicted in Wisconsin strangulation

A jury in northeastern Wisconsin deliberated for less than three hours before convicting an Illinois man this week of killing a pregnant woman in 2012.

May 6, 2014

Retrial starts for man in pregnant woman’s killing

A retrial began Monday for an Illinois man charged with killing a 21-year-old woman and her fetus at a resort in Wisconsin's Door County.

Sep 24, 2013

Long road ahead for proposed criminal code overhaul

A proposal to rewrite Wisconsin’s criminal code is drawing ire from some because of a clause that would eliminate preliminary hearings in felony cases.

Oct 17, 2012

Devoted to justice: Birdsall’s study of karate goes hand-in-hand with law

A sign on the University of Wisconsin Law School campus advertising karate lessons caught John Birdsall’s eye.

Feb 22, 2012

Brookfield attorney pleads guilty to fraud (UPDATE)

A Brookfield attorney who pled guilty to felony fraud charges on Wednesday could face a stricter sentence structure than normal because of missed court appearances that resulted in his arrest and incarceration.

Nov 23, 2011

Substitution bill would put onus on attorneys

Criminal defense lawyer John Birdsall says he has substituted hundreds of judges without explanation.

Jun 17, 2011

Attorneys argue for higher pay

The Wisconsin State Public Defender’s Office’s difficulty finding capable lawyers hit home for John Birdsall in 2005 when he was the sixth attorney to defend a child pornography case.


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