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Tag Archives: John DiMotto

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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BLAWG LOG: A quick survey of blogs written by judges

Senior U.S. District Court Judge Richard G. Kopf made national news this week when he wrote on his blog, Hercules and the Umpire, about the frequent irrelevancy of the Supreme Court. “A lot of what the Supreme Court does is simply irrelevant to what federal trial judges do on a daily basis,” wrote Judge Kopf, who presides and blogs from Lincoln, Neb.

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BLAWG LOG: DiMotto on the state’s Good Samaritan Law

Section 895.48(1) of the Wisconsin statutes is commonly referred to as a "Good Samaritan Law." The intent of this law is to encourage people, particularly people with medical training and experience, to take action in an emergency situation to provide needed medical attention by providing them with immunity from civil, legal action.

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