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Robert Henak

Jul 13, 2016

Appeals lawyers: Recent rulings curtail what arguments respondents can make to high court

Two side comments in recent Wisconsin Supreme Court decisions have left appellate lawyers wondering whether the rules of procedure have changed for parties defending a Court of Appeals decision before the high court.

May 2, 2016

Open letter to next State Bar president-elect: Lawyers should be allowed to discuss public aspects of closed cases

The next president of the Wisconsin State Bar, Paul Swanson, has promised to serve the organization's members in a variety of ways. I take him at his word, and am writing this open letter to suggest a starting point.

Mar 20, 2014

Appeals court upholds pastor’s abuse conviction

A Wisconsin appeals court says a Black Earth pastor accused of conspiring to commit child abuse was properly convicted.

Oct 24, 2012

Court upholds conviction in 1999 shootout

A state appeals court says a man accused of opening fire on Forest County Sheriff's deputies in 1999 was properly convicted.

Mar 12, 2012

Lawmaker pitches late flurry of recusal changes (UPDATE)

With less than a week before the Wisconsin Legislature breaks for the year, Rep. Gary Hebl, D-Sun Prairie, introduced a flurry of bills to reform recusal and decision-making standards for judges.

Aug 23, 2011

Court grants new trial in homicide case (UPDATE)

By TODD RICHMOND Associated Press MADISON, Wis. (AP) — A state appeals court granted a new trial Tuesday for a Milwaukee man convicted of a murder after a gun battle, saying a jury should hear from people who say he was never there. Kenneth Davis has been trying to prove he did not take part […]

Aug 22, 2011

No spitting or margarine allowed: The absurd, outdated or just plain silly laws

When walking in Wauwatosa, people best keep their saliva to themselves, or risk running afoul of the law. Local ordinance 8.08.130, which mandates that nobody shall “spit, expectorate or deposit any sputum, spittle, saliva, phlegm, mucus, tobacco juice or wads of tobacco” on public property, is one of several strange Wisconsin laws still on the […]

Apr 1, 2011

Recusal issue may return after Tuesday’s election

Defense attorneys may renew their campaign to recuse Justice Michael Gableman from criminal cases should attorney JoAnne Kloppenburg defeat Incumbent Justice David Prosser in Tuesday’s Wisconsin Supreme Court election. With Prosser on the court, the six state Supreme Court justices outside Gableman deadlocked on a previous motion regarding whether the court has power to consider […]

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