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Ray Dall'Osto

Nov 3, 2021

Does it matter how long jury selection takes?

As jurors in the murder trial of Kyle Rittenhouse listened to opening statements in a Wisconsin courtroom Tuesday, attorneys in south Georgia questioned potential jurors for a third week in the trial of three men charged in Ahmaud Arbery's slaying.

Jun 28, 2016

After US high court ruling, more evidence suppression work could be coming for defense attorneys

A recent U.S. Supreme Court decision has left some Wisconsin criminal-law practitioners to question just how far law enforcement and prosecutors can push an exception to the Fourth Amendment.

Feb 18, 2016

Prosecutors, defense attorneys clash over interrogation techniques

If nothing else, the Netflix series “Making a Murderer” has put a spotlight on an unsettling practice that Julius Kim and other defense lawyers see all the time: The admission into evidence of statements gathered in coercive interrogations.

Oct 25, 2015

Prosecutors can chase political misconduct without John Doe

A new Wisconsin law limiting secret John Doe probes doesn't mean prosecutors' days of pursuing political corruption are over. But their remaining tools have limitations that may make it more difficult, especially in complex cases, legal experts say.

Dec 1, 2014

Truth-in-sentencing opponents waiting for change

Those in Wisconsin’s legal community who oppose truth-in-sentencing understand their chances for overturning, or at least toning down, the law depend on how well they play the long game.

Apr 9, 2014

LEGAL CENTS: How to handle cash-only clients

Cash is king in most arenas, except the law office.

Feb 4, 2014

A ‘wildcat pouncing on a porcupine’

It seems like the State Bar may be a little hurt over questions the Supreme Court asked them during a hearing Jan. 21 about a petition that seeks the ability to boot a member of the Board of Governors.

Jan 31, 2014

State Bar dues increase on track for April vote (UPDATE)

A State Bar Board of Governors discussion about imposing a $30 dues increase starting in July ended with no action Friday, putting the measure on track for a vote in April.

Jan 21, 2014

Justices raise concerns over State Bar bylaw (UPDATE)

Wisconsin Supreme Court justices appeared skeptical Tuesday about a State Bar bylaw that several said potentially could give the bar’s governing board broad power to remove a dissenter from office.

Jan 10, 2014

Client protection fund at risk of maxing out

The State Bar of Wisconsin might have to defer payment on claims filed by people who have been wronged financially by attorneys.

Oct 17, 2013

Hurdles ahead for term-limit proposal

Many agree that the State Bar’s support of a term-limit proposal for Wisconsin justices is important if the measure is going to gain traction.

Sep 28, 2013

State Bar votes in favor of single terms for justices (UPDATE)

A measure designed to reduce the politics associated with the Wisconsin Supreme Court and its elections took a large step forward Saturday when the State Bar elected to support it.


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