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Michael Cicchini

Oct 29, 2021

Meet the key legal players in Kyle Rittenhouse’s trial

Jury selection starts Monday in Kenosha, Wisconsin, in the trial of Kyle Rittenhouse, an Illinois man accused of killing two people at a police brutality protest last year. Rittenhouse's trial is expected to last at least two weeks.

Nov 22, 2017

Meeting the challenge to Wisconsin’s criminal jury instruction 140

Kenosha County criminal defense attorney Michael Cicchini is on a quest to revise what he considers Wisconsin’s deeply flawed jury instruction concerning the presumption of innocence and the burden of proof.

May 10, 2017

CRITIC’S CORNER: Critical omissions in ‘Making a Murderer’?

Whenever I write a motion or a brief on behalf of a client, it inevitably requires that I quote language from a published case, the criminal complaint, or some other document.

Nov 22, 2016

ON THE DEFENSIVE: Should juries really be searching for the ‘truth?’

Jury instructions are a central part of any criminal trial.

Oct 31, 2016

CRITIC’S CORNER: Wisconsin courts as ‘superlegislatures’

Wisconsin courts have a long history of acting as a “superlegislature” and ignoring — and even contradicting — the Legislature’s words when doing so benefits the state.

Sep 12, 2016

CRITIC’S CORNER: Convicting Dassey: Five easy steps to a false confession

The trouble with torture as an interrogation tactic is that the suspect will say whatever the interrogator wants to hear — regardless of whether it’s true. Unfortunately, this problem also plagues today’s softer, more sophisticated interrogation tactics.


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