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.
Compared to other countries, America is pretty puritanical about the subject of sex. And here in the Midwest, sex seems to be an especially taboo topic. Wisconsin's bashfulness about sex and intimacy might be evident in the way that a Madison-based business has been received by city officials.
Because Thanksgiving fell on a particularly late day in November this year, it is hard to believe how quickly Christmas is coming. Most Wisconsinites are busy shopping for presents, picking up family at the airport, buying decorations and attending Christmas parties.
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.