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Tuesday, 17 November 2020 14:39

Degrees of Sexual Assault in Wisconsin

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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.

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