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Kitty Brennan

May 23, 2016

BENCH BLOG: Sheriff fights law, law wins

A sheriff did battle with the open records law and lost.

Apr 6, 2015

BENCH BLOG: Good-faith exception to exclusionary rule

In a hotly contested case about suppressing a dog’s sniff search of a residence, the Wisconsin Supreme Court unanimously decided that the good faith exception to the exclusionary rule applied.

Dec 3, 2014

BENCH BLOG: Justices, judges assemble their wish lists

The Bench Blog’s Santa asked Wisconsin Supreme Court justices and Court of Appeals judges what they want in their appellate Christmas stockings.

Jun 6, 2014

BENCH BLOG: Case raises notable open records concerns

In a recent Court of Appeals’ case, domestic violence clashed with the open records law.

Jun 2, 2014

Candid courtroom: Outspoken judges prompt criticism, admiration

Not every judge would feel comfortable writing in an opinion that “the sight of a shackled litigant is apt to make jurors think they’re dealing with a mad dog.”

May 6, 2014

Appeals court tosses homicide conviction (UPDATE)

A state appeals court ordered a new trial Tuesday for a Milwaukee man accused of shooting his parents.

Feb 25, 2014

BENCH BLOG: State justices get to heart of the matter

In a child sexual assault case that divided the Court of Appeals, the state Supreme Court properly kept the focus on the elements of the crime and a jury’s function.

Jan 28, 2014

Appeals court allows warrant obtained on improper grounds

Evidence that was obtained illegally does not immediately invalidate a search warrant, if the requesting officer believed he or she was acting lawfully at the time, the Wisconsin Court of Appeals ruled Tuesday.

Oct 10, 2013

BENCH BLOG: Job well done at Court of Appeals

In a new court of appeals case, the doctrine of mutual mistake in a home sale contract meets a motion for sanctions based on frivolous claims.

Oct 8, 2013

Appeals court affirms ruling in tainted fountain case

A Milwaukee-based contractor’s insurance companies are not liable for covering damages incurred by those who got sick after breathing in contaminated water that came from a decorative fountain, according to an appellate court decision released Tuesday.

Sep 11, 2013

BENCH BLOG: Judges’ perspectives on voir dire

Voir dire is subject to judicial control and discretion, so it pays to know your judge.

Dec 9, 2011

Necessity of Supreme Court citation rule unclear after more than 2 years

When the Wisconsin Supreme Court next year reviews its 2009 rule that allows for citation of unpublished appellate court decisions, there may be minimal evidence to determine the value of the change.


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