Supreme Court case slowly impacting certain violent offenders

In June, the United States Supreme Court held that juveniles who committed murder while under the age of 18 cannot be sentenced to life imprisonment without the possibility of parole. However, the Court’s holding did not make clear whether this mandate should be applied retroactively or whether it should apply only in future cases. As […]

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Economic recession may be causing a rise in domestic violence

Last December, we wrote about a Wisconsin woman who allegedly attacked her husband and daughter in a hotel room because she was upset about the Packer’s first loss of the season. While this was a somewhat unique case, it shows that incidents of domestic violence can be triggered by many factors. Personal stress related to […]

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Appearing nerdy can help criminal defendants – just don’t overdo it

About a year ago, we posted about an interesting courtroom tactic that some criminal defendants are engaging in. To make themselves appear smarter and less threatening to a jury, some defendants are wearing non-prescription glasses during the trial, even if they don’t wear lenses or contacts otherwise. Referred to as the “nerd defense,” studies have […]

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Can Minors Be Sentenced To Life In Prison Without Parole?

When it comes to crimes committed by minors there is much debate over appropriate sentencing. When minors are convicted of serious crimes – ones which usually result in the death penalty or life in prison – deciding how to sentence them is very contentious. Currently the Wisconsin Supreme Court is reviewing a case involving strict […]

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