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U.S. Supreme Court Refuses Wisconsin "Making A Murderer" Case

Perhaps there is no worse time to make the mistake of going without representation than when a juvenile is at issue. "Just telling it like it is," unfortunately, is the defense strategy of choice for far too many people. Do not the mistake of thinking, "Well, the truth will out in the end." Not every case gets the review it deserves, even if you are, indeed, innocent, but found guilty.

How Your Miranda Rights Protect You

Today marks the 51st anniversary of the landmark Supreme Court decision, Miranda v. Arizona. 384 U.S. 436 (1966). This case is significant because it recognizes the duty of law enforcement officers to inform a person of their 5th Amendment rights. As a result of this case, Miranda warnings, as they have become known, are now a key component in protecting your 5th Amendment rights to remain silent and be represented by an attorney during questioning.

Proposed bill calls for major changes in handling of body camera footage

Over the last several years, an increasing number of law enforcement agencies here in Wisconsin and across the nation have adopted policies requiring officers to be outfitted with body cameras that record any interaction with the public.

Pew Research: The Tide In Federal Prosecutions About To Change

Every so often, media outlets in Wisconsin and throughout the country produce reports covering the incarceration rate in the United States. Most stories agree that no other country jails as many people per capita then here at home. Data released late last year from the Bureau of Justice Statistics indicates a trend developed had in recent years toward a reduced prison population. At the end of 2015, roughly 2.7 percent of the adult population was under some form of correctional supervision, the lowest rate recorded since 1994. But the raw numbers remain staggering -- 6,741,400 individuals were either being held in jail, in prison or on some form of probationary supervision.

Proposal would see those caught using skimmers facing serious penalties

Chances are good that when you stop to fill up your tank, you don't give a second thought to using your credit card to pay at the pump, as it spares you from having to make the long -- and frequently cold -- walk into the gas station only to stand in line or wait for the cashier to finally materialize.

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