Wisconsin police sometimes make arrests that lead to criminal charges when, in reality, the defendant or defendants in question are innocent. Not every person charged with sex crimes, for instance, is guilty of the acts asserted against him or her. In many instances, the court finds a defendant not guilty, which is exactly what happened regarding former college football player Quintez Cephus.
A judge is an impartial arbiter of justice in a court of law. He or she is supposed to approach each case with an open mind and adjudicate the proceedings based on the evidence presented. In a recent case in Wisconsin a judge may have exhibited bias at a defendant's court appearance in a sex crimes case. The judge allegedly made the comment that the accused was "creepy."
Proving guilt beyond a reasonable doubt in sex crimes cases in Wisconsin can be difficult, depending on the circumstances. Where there is clear witness testimony, the defendant may have little or no viable defense to present. When the witness testimony regarding sex crimes is unclear or otherwise skewed, there may be a reasonable doubt about the guilt of the accused.
Over the last decade, law enforcement agencies across the nation have been cracking down on human trafficking, launching more investigations, making more arrests, prosecuting more cases and sending more people to prison.
Given the grave consequences that come from having one's name placed on the state's sex offender registry, one would only hope and imagine that the laws mandating this as a form of punishment were narrowly tailored.
Being charged with sexual assault can be shocking and life-changing. You run the risk of major jail time, large fines, and getting put on the sexual offender registry. However, the court doesn't treat all sexual assault cases the same in Wisconsin. It is important to determine what applies in your case, so you know what to expect in court.
Prosecutors in another state were just reminded of their ethical duty to try all cases fairly. In particular, a county prosecutor was called on the carpet for failing to disclose key evidence to the defense until the morning of trial.
It was a rainy afternoon in Washington, D.C., when a 48-year-old cleaning woman and mother of six ran out to pick up a prescription. She never made it home.