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Wis. justices consider out-of-state DOJ attorneys

Earlier this month, the Wisconsin Supreme Court heard oral arguments to decide whether attorneys with the U.S. Department of Justice can appear in Wisconsin state courts without being members of the bar or being admitted pro hac vice.

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Supreme Court seeks to clarify insurance exclusions

Two cases pending in the Wisconsin Supreme Court this term should clarify the meanings of two common exclusions in insurance policies: pollution exclusions in homeowner policies and motorized vehicle exclusions in farm policies.

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EDITORIAL: Making appointments

Ideally, every voter put serious thought into the state Supreme Court candidates’ qualifications before casting a ballot in the last election.

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Sheriff investigating Supreme Court choking incident (UPDATE)

By TODD RICHMOND Associated Press MADISON, Wis. (AP) — A fight between Wisconsin's divided Supreme Court justices led Monday to a criminal investigation and calls from the governor and others to resolve longstanding differences and restore public confidence in the institution. Liberal Justice Ann Walsh Bradley told the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel that conservative Justice David Prosser tried to ... Subscribe ...

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Law expert: Wis. court has become ‘laughingstock’

MADISON, Wis. (AP) - A Wisconsin law professor says bickering among the state's Supreme Court justices has made the court a "laughingstock." His comments come after a liberal justice accused a conservative court member of choking her during an argument earlier this month. University of Wisconsin-Madison law professor Bernard Schweber said infighting has made the court a ... Subscribe Login ...

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Walker: Supreme Court needs to resolve discord (UPDATE)

MADISON, Wis. (AP) - Gov. Scott Walker took the state Supreme Court justices to task Monday, saying their infighting has to end for the sake of public confidence in the court. His comments came after a liberal member of the court accused a conservative justice of putting her in a chokehold -- a charge he has ... Subscribe Login Digital ...

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Wisconsin justice says court fight led to choking (UPDATE)

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — A member of the Wisconsin Supreme Court's liberal faction has accused a conservative justice of choking her during an argument in her office earlier this month — a charge he denied. Supreme Court Justice Ann Walsh Bradley told the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel that Justice David Prosser put her in a chokehold during ... Subscribe Login Digital ...

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New Polk County judge to start term early

Attorney Jeffery Anderson will start his term as Polk County Circuit Court Judge earlier than anticipated due to the retirement of Judge Robert Rasmussen. Anderson won election this spring and was set to begin his six-year term Aug. 1. But Rasmussen’s retirement in November left the county with only one judge, Molly GaleWyrick, and on Thursday, Gov. ... Subscribe Login ...

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Supreme Court accepts five new cases

The Wisconsin Supreme Court has voted to accept five new cases. 2009AP1505-CR State v. Thompson The fundamental question raised in this case is whether a defendant must be given notice of a mandatory minimum penalty to make an informed decision on whether to go to trial. The Court of Appeals deemed the defendant’s reliance on cases addressing rights ... Subscribe ...

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Eminent domain results in litigation expenses

Property owners who successfully contest what they receive in eminent domain proceedings can recover litigation expenses, regardless of whether they appeal from a jurisdictional offer or a negotiated price.

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2008AP3007-CR State v. Forbush

Criminal Procedure Right to counsel Where a prisoner has invoked his right to counsel and counsel is not present when he is asked to waive the right he previously invoked, his right to counsel is violated. “I conclude that in the factual context herein presented, Montejo does not sanction the interrogation that occurred. We so conclude because Forbush's ... Subscribe ...

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2008AP2929 Day v. Allstate Indemnity Co.

Insurance Homeowners policies; family exclusion Where a family exclusion in a homeowners policy ambiguously defines “benefit,” the exclusion does not preclude coverage. “We conclude that Allstate has failed to meet its burden to demonstrate that a benefit of coverage would accrue directly or indirectly to an insured. To the extent that the terms of the policy lack clarity, ... Subscribe ...

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2009AP118 State v. Burns

Criminal Procedure New trials A defendant convicted of sexual assault is not entitled to a new trial, even though the victim did not tell the truth in saying that the defendant took her virginity. “Burns argues at length that S.B.'s virginity testimony was particularly prejudicial because the concept of rape of a virgin causes significantly more outrage in ... Subscribe ...

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2008AP570-D OLR v. Crandall

Professional Responsibility Suspension Where attorney Eric L. Crandall attempted to “strong-arm” a client into withdrawing a grievance, a five month suspension is appropriate. “Turning to the question of the appropriate level of discipline, we conclude that a five-month suspension is proper in this case.  Like the referee, we are most troubled by Attorney Crandall's letter to D.P. demanding ... Subscribe ...

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Kloppenburg raising recount dollars

Waukesha, WI (AP) - The candidate on the losing end of Wisconsin's hotly contested state Supreme Court race has started raising money for a recount. JoAnne Kloppenburg's campaign manager, Melissa Mulliken, said Friday that fundraising efforts for a recount have begun, but she stopped short of saying the candidate would request one. Mulliken refused to back ... Subscribe Login Digital ...

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Wis. asks state Supreme Court to take union case

Scott Bauer Associated Press Madison - Gov. Scott Walker's administration asked the Wisconsin Supreme Court on Thursday to dismiss a lawsuit challenging the law that would take away nearly all collective bargaining rights from public workers and block any further action by a lower court in the case. The Justice Department filing also asks the Supreme Court to ... Subscribe ...

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