Man admits to having inappropriate encounters with a young girl

The penalties surrounding sex crimes can be far more extensive than one realizes. If convicted, one could potentially receive an extended prison sentence, as well as hefty fines. Aside from that possibility, he or she may also be required to register as a sex offender. It’s that dubious distinction that can be the hardest thing […]

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Former Brewers pitcher gets domestic violence charges dismissed

Former Milwaukee Brewers pitcher Francisco Rodriguez had his domestic battery charges dismissed recently because the Waukesha County District Attorney Brad Schimel could not meet the burden of proof for the case to continue. Charged in October for an alleged incident with his girlfriend that took place in September at his home, those allegations were denied three […]

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A burrito was the chosen weapon in alleged domestic violence case

Domestic violence is a serious issue, and one that understandably results in significant criminal consequences. But because domestic violence occurs between family members or two people in a relationship, it is not always easy for outsiders to correctly distinguish between what is legally considered to be domestic violence and what amounts to a lovers’ quarrel. […]

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False sex crime allegations result in charges for Wisconsin woman

Our justice system is founded on the idea that as citizens, we must be presumed innocent until proven guilty. It is a serious matter to accuse someone of behaving criminally. While accusations deserve to be treated with respect by the justice system, it is important to remember that not all accusations are rooted in the […]

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Eyewitness identifications skewed by photo presentation method

We have previously written about the high number of wrongful convictions which have been overturned recently by advancements in DNA testing. Wisconsin’s efforts to update its criminal DNA database should hopefully continue to reduce and rectify wrongful convictions. Most of these wrongful convictions were based on faulty eyewitness testimony. A recent criminology study shows that […]

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Father charged with child abuse claims his actions were a prank

In Wisconsin, charges of domestic violence can carry serious penalties, even if the alleged victim later decides to drop the charges. If an arrest has been made, the defendant may still be prosecuted by authorities. But when an onlooker reports a domestic violence incident, is it possible that they made a mistake? Every family dynamic […]

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Prosecutors drop sexual assault charges against Strauss-Kahn

Late last month, we wrote that the criminal case against Dominique Strauss-Kahn (DSK) was unraveling quickly. At that time, there were rumors that the charges would eventually be dropped. In May, Strauss-Kahn had been arrested and charged with the attempted rape of a maid who worked at the hotel where he was staying. Last week, […]

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Attorney says rape defendants should remain anonymous: Part II

Last week, we began a discussion about the damage caused by false allegations of rape. Because of heavy and biased media coverage, defendants often suffer serious damage to their reputation, career and finances even if they are later acquitted. In a recent article, famous criminal defense attorney Roy Black suggested that rape defendants should remain […]

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Attorney says rape defendants should remain anonymous: Part I

Earlier this month, we wrote about the accusations against Dominique Strauss-Kahn (DSK), former head of the International Monetary Fund. The rape charges against him are likely to be dropped, but he has already suffered damage to his reputation, his finances and his future prospects as a result of the charges. There are countless examples of […]

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