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Wisconsin police take 5 people into custody for drugs

The Jackson County Emergency Response Team teamed up with a La Crosse County investigator and Metropolitan Enforcement Group investigator to carry out a drug warrant on Dec. 17 at around 11:25 p.m. Authorities say that they secured a search warrant after receiving tips that a residence where a child lived was being used to make and distribute methamphetamine.

Sixth Amendment right trumps dead woman's letter accusing husband

A Wisconsin judge ruled that a man was not correctly tried when he was convicted of killing his wife on the strength of a letter she wrote to a neighbor. The widower was sent to prison for life in 2008 for the poisoning homicide, which seemed to be the fate his wife was expressing fear about in the letter claiming that her husband wanted her dead. That implication led to his being taken into custody on murder charges in 2002, four years after the woman died. In the most recent action, the judge vacated that trial result because the man had no opportunity to confront his accuser.

Exonerated WI man faces more difficulties than paroled offenders

A couple months ago, we wrote about the fact that no state offers less compensation to wrongfully convicted/imprisoned individuals than Wisconsin (except for states offering no compensation whatsoever). And wrongful convictions happen more than you might realize. Since 1989, DNA evidence has been used to exonerate at least 21 wrongfully convicted individuals in Wisconsin.

Then & now: How racism still affects our criminal justice system

If you happen to be a history buff (or pay attention to the news), you probably know that this week marks two historic anniversaries. Tuesday was the 150th anniversary of the day that President Abraham Lincoln gave his Gettysburg Address to dedicate a new military cemetery during the Civil War.

An unusual bet on a Packers game led to serious criminal charges

Football season is a serious commitment for Wisconsinites. Most of us never miss a Packers game or a chance to engage in spirited debates with others around the country who may have loyalties to different teams.

Lawmakers seek to change how some Wisconsin teens are prosecuted

When teenagers commit a crime, the potential punishment they face if convicted can vary largely depending on their age. Each person matures at a different pace, so it's not easy to say when someone actually becomes an "adult." but at a certain age, the law make that determination for them.

WI lawmakers seek compensation increase for wrongful convictions

DNA evidence has become crucial in helping Wisconsin's law enforcement agencies solve violent crimes. Wisconsin's criminal DNA database has reduced the likelihood of wrongful convictions and has also helped exonerate some wrongfully convicted individuals who have spent years in prison for crimes they didn't commit.

Police raid Wisconsin home; drug charges filed


In Milwaukee, Wisconsin, drug possession is a big concern. Many people are aware that the exposure to drugs may lead to lifestyle issues -- not to mention its potential legal consequences. The severity of the punishment for drug charges can increase if police find that a person not only possesses but also manufactures or has intent to distribute drugs.

Prosecutors try to connect man to previous sex offense cases


Sex offenses that involve children are a serious issue in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. In fact, this state, like others, has stringent laws against sexual abuse involving children. These laws carry stiff penalties. Because of the strong emotions involved in these types of cases, how they are handled by the courts can often have a big impact on what punishment an accused individual may receive.

Milwaukee woman faces drug charges after traffic stop

Wisconsin, just like all other states, has laws regarding the use and possession of controlled substances. These laws enforce strict rules and harsh penalties for drug offenses. With the goal of decreasing state drug crimes, authorities often conduct measures to catch suspected drug criminals, including drug bust stings, checkpoints and searches.

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