Facebook post finds witness who can clear wrongfully convicted men

Since its creation, Facebook has been the source of much controversy within the criminal justice system. Historically, Facebook has been a valuable tool for law enforcement to investigate and catch alleged criminals in Wisconsin and around the country. Facebook has been credited with helping authorities solve cases ranging from computer sex crimes to lesser offenses […]

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Are prosecutors trying to keep innocent man on death row? Part II

Earlier this week, we began a discussion about a man convicted of triple homicide who has been fighting for more than a decade just to have the evidence in his case retested. While this incident did not occur in Wisconsin, it speaks to the importance of Wisconsin’s efforts to update and expand its criminal DNA […]

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Are prosecutors trying to keep innocent man on death row? Part I

Some of our recent posts have been focused on the importance of hard evidence when attempting to convict someone on criminal charges. Over the last few years, improvements in Wisconsin’s criminal DNA database and the heroic efforts of groups like the Innocence Project have contributed to the exoneration of many individuals who were wrongly convicted […]

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Supreme Court case to impact double jeopardy protections: Part II

Earlier this week, we began a discussion about a recent U.S. Supreme Court case and its implications for future accused persons. Specifically, the holding in the case affects the protection from double jeopardy for those who are forced to mount a criminal defense. As we wrote in our last post, the case before the Supreme […]

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Supreme Court case to impact double jeopardy protections: Part I

A recent United States Supreme Court case may impact the practical ability of the wider legal system to protect criminally accused individuals from double jeopardy. When an accused person is forced to construct a criminal defense against formal charges, they are constitutionally protected from being re-tried for the same crimes they were originally charged with. […]

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Drug overdose deaths may result in murder charges for suppliers

The nature of recreational drug use may be changing here in Waukesha and other mid-size communities around the Midwest. Marijuana continues to be the drug of choice for many curious young people who wish to experiment, and plenty of high school and college students find themselves facing charges of marijuana possession. But once-forbidden drugs are […]

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New law alters statutes of limitation for certain Wisconsin crimes

The criminal justice system is a complex and nuanced web of organizations, efforts and principles. One element of the criminal justice system that can be confusing is the concept referred to as statutes of limitation. Governor Scott Walker recently signed a bill eliminating the statute of limitations for violent crimes in Wisconsin. The new law […]

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Wisconsin Supreme Court keeps life sentence for juvenile: Part III

Last week, we began a series of posts about the difficulties and controversies of sentencing juvenile offenders for serious crimes such as murder. Most juvenile crimes are generally sentenced lightly, with the understanding that minors make mistakes and should be allowed to reform as they grow older. However, when teenagers commit serious or violent crimes, it is […]

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Wisconsin Supreme Court keeps life sentence for juvenile: Part II

Earlier this week, we began a discussion about the Wisconsin Supreme Court’s decision to uphold a sentence of life without parole for a man who committed first-degree murder when he was just 14 years old. The recent ruling highlights Wisconsin’s difficult and often controversial viewpoints about how to punish juvenile crime. The defendant was convicted of […]

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Wisconsin Supreme Court keeps life sentence for juvenile: Part I

In January, we wrote that the Wisconsin Supreme Court was reviewing an unusual and difficult case of juvenile crime. The Court needed to decide whether or not to uphold a sentence of life without parole for a man who killed another teenager when he was only 14 years old. The Court’s ruling was delivered this […]

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