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Sep 22, 2023

Solo vs. big law: Does size really matter?

For both prospective clients and attorneys graduating law school, big law vs. solo comes with pros and cons.

Mar 23, 2023

Wisconsin on brink of constitutional crisis as courts face unprecedented DA, public defender shortage

Editors Note: Our Managing Editor, Steve Schuster spoke to Judges, the Office of Lawyer Regulation, Federal Prosecutors, District Attorneys throughout the Midwest, the State Bar of Wisconsin, Wisconsin Attorney General, Governor Tony's Evers office, as well as legislatures to determine the full extent of the problem and possible solutions on how to fix Wisconsin's broken criminal justice system.

Aug 14, 2016

Milwaukee shooting victim had previous charges dropped (UPDATE)

The man whose fatal shooting by Milwaukee police triggered hours of violent protests on the city's predominantly black north side was a 23-year-old black man and father to a toddler, his mother and police said Sunday.

Sep 16, 2014

Prosecutors push for 84 new positions in budget (UPDATE)

District attorneys around the state are requesting 84.4 new prosecutor positions during the 2015-17 biennium, according to a budget request released Tuesday.

Sep 9, 2014

Still no charging decision in shooting by officer

More than four months after a Milwaukee police officer shot and killed a man in a downtown park, prosecutors said Tuesday they still hadn't decided whether the officer should be criminally charged.

Nov 15, 2013

Charges in works following hospital shooting

Milwaukee County prosecutors plan to file charges next week against a man whom police shot and wounded in a children's hospital after he allegedly brandished a semi-automatic weapon.

Oct 17, 2013

Plea talks ongoing in Milwaukee strip-search case

An expected plea deal has hit a snag for two Milwaukee police officers charged with failing to intervene when another officer conducted illegal strip searches and body cavity searches.

Oct 15, 2013

Agreement near in Milwaukee strip-search case

The prosecution says it's near an agreement with the defense in the case of two Milwaukee police officers accused of failing to intervene as fellow officers conducted illegal strip searches and body-cavity searches.

Aug 13, 2013

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.

Jan 26, 2012

Bill would expand use of hearsay in preliminary hearings (UPDATE)

A legislative proposal expanding use of hearsay in preliminary hearings could lead to questionable testimony and potentially render felony pre-trial examinations worthless.

Apr 13, 2011

Montel Williams’ drug paraphernalia charge dropped

MILWAUKEE (AP) — A judge dismissed a drug paraphernalia possession charge against former talk show host Montel Williams, who was briefly detained at a Milwaukee airport in January after a search of his luggage turned up the type of pipe commonly used for smoking marijuana. Williams, who says he legally uses marijuana to treat chronic […]

Mar 28, 2011

Fragmented sentence: Attorneys debate early release laws

A state budget provision that would alter and eliminate early release options for inmates could prompt criminal defense attorneys to take more cases to trial. Gov. Scott Walker’s 2011-13 state budget proposal strengthens the truth-in-sentencing laws passed more than a decade ago in Wisconsin by modifying or removing early release for many inmates. Specifically, Walker […]


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