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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
In this digital age, anything can be quickly and easily posted about anyone online. Sometimes online posts done in jest can unfortunately not only harm a person's reputation, but can and result in criminal charges. A Wisconsin man who jokingly posted a Craigslist ad for his neighbor is now facing the punishment - identity theft charges - for what he thought was a humorous idea.
A criminal conviction can change a person's life forever. If convicted of serious criminal charges, an individual can face serious penalties, including prison time. In addition, having a felony conviction on one's record can make employment and housing difficult to obtain. Two Wisconsin day care workers are now facing the possibility of these consequences after being charged with child abuse.
Being accused of a criminal offense should not ever be taken lightly. An individual's reputation and his or her family's status in the community may be harmed even if a defendant is not convicted. It is important that when a defendant is accused of a serious criminal offense, such as child sexual assault, a strategic defense plan is developed to reduce possible penalties. Recently, a Wisconsin man was accused of several serious sex crimes.