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It is always wonderful to see someone rewarded for outstanding work to restore justice and trust in public institutions. The same admiration met Attorney John Birdsall when he was awarded the prestigious Martin Hanson Memorial Prize.
Monday, 15 March 2021 07:06

What is Self-Incrimination?

Have you heard during an arrest or trial the mentioning of the slogan, "I plead the Fifth"? What does it mean, or what's the implication of taking such a stand?

Imagine being arrested with a minuscule amount of marijuana and cocaine but the prosecution makes a mistake – a huge mistake.  They incorrectly identify the cocaine as Fentanyl, which is a tremendously potent and deadly opiate.  This mistake greatly increases the seriousness of the charges.

What You Need to Know About Big Brother Watching.

The Child Protection System is software used by law enforcement agencies, to track the IP addresses of computers suspected of downloading illegal images or videos of prepubescent children. However, the system’s use has prompted numerous privacy concerns. If you have been charged with possession of child pornography as a result of this system that is contested by civil liberties experts and forensic experts alike, it is paramount to seek the aid of experienced legal counsel. An experienced criminal defense attorney will know how to challenge the efforts of law enforcement to ensnare people, many of whom are innocent. The consequences of a computer sex crimes conviction (in Wisconsin) are steep.

Tuesday, 17 November 2020 14:39

Degrees of Sexual Assault in Wisconsin

Sexual Assault in Wisconsin
Sexual assault is defined as sexual contact or intercourse without the victim’s consent. Section 940.225(1) of the Wisconsin Statutes details the four degrees of sexual assault, with first-degree sexual assault being the most serious offense. Each degree of sexual assault carries its own consequences.

Attorney Kirk B. Obear has been placed on the annual Super Lawyers list since 2007. This marks the thirteenth year he has been included on a Super Lawyers list. This is an honor annually rewarded to only five percent (5%) of attorneys in each state.       

Attorney Nicole A. Muller has additionally been recognized by Super Lawyers, being placed on the 2020 Super Lawyers Rising Stars list. Only 2.5 percent of lawyers in each state receive this recognition. In order to initially qualify for the list, an attorney must be 40 years or younger and have been practicing law for 10 years or less.

On August 25, 2020, during night three of protests in Kenosha Wisconsin following the shooting in the back of Jacob Blake, 17-year-old Kyle Rittenhouse fatally shot two protesters, and seriously wounded a third. Kyle Rittenhouse’s lawyers are arguing that the 17-year-old acted in self-defense.

Recent controversy has circulated, as the existence of the COVID-19 pandemic and social distancing guidelines has led to live court hearings being livestreamed via YouTube. Meanwhile, the high-profile trial of former Minneapolis police officers Derek Chauvin, Thomas Lane, Tou Thao and J. Kueng is coming up in March, and broadcast coverage of the court proceeding is being debated.

On August 23, the shooting of Jacob Blake by police in Kenosha, Wisconsin led to nationwide outrage and unrest. 

As an investigation into the incident persists, Wisconsin Attorney General Josh Kaul refuses to answer whether officers were aware before the shooting that Blake had a knife in his possession.

2020 may be the strangest year on record. No matter how accustomed we have become to the surreal images around us, the sight of camouflaged federal agents marching on protesters in an American city is still shocking.

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