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400 ABA Journal Wisconsin articles.

Judge who described pro-Trump lawyer as ‘mendacious or incompetent’ ruled too quickly, top state court says

A Delaware judge abused his discretion when he tossed a pro-Trump lawyer from a case without giving him an opportunity to respond to a show-cause order, the Delaware Supreme Court ruled Wednesday.

Jurors acquit Kyle Rittenhouse, siding with his self-defense claim

Jurors in Kenosha, Wisconsin, acquitted 18-year-old Kyle Rittenhouse of all charges Friday in the shootings of three men, one of them fatally, during racial justice demonstrations in August 2020.

In ‘rocky prosecution’ of Kyle Rittenhouse, assistant DA angers judge, tackles difficult case

A prosecutor in the trial of Kyle Rittenhouse angered the judge Wednesday when he referred to the teenager’s silence after his arrest and then asked questions related to a video in which Rittenhouse discussed wanting to shoot shoplifters.

Rittenhouse prosecutors have ‘formidable challenge;’ meet the judge who banned ‘victim’ reference

Prosecutors face a “formidable challenge” in the trial of Kyle Rittenhouse, the teenager accused of shooting three protesters, killing two of them, during racial justice demonstrations last year in Kenosha, Wisconsin, according to Reuters.

Can a court reduce punitive damages below statutory cap? Supreme Court asks for solicitor general’s view

The U.S. Supreme Court on Tuesday sought the view of the U.S. solicitor general in a case in which a federal appeals court reduced punitive damages below a statutory cap.

Former juvenile court judge pleads guilty to federal child porn charges

A Milwaukee County, Wisconsin, juvenile court judge pleaded guilty Tuesday to two federal charges of distributing child pornography.

ABA House encourages prosecutors to collect and publish case data

The ABA Criminal Justice Section proposed a resolution to the House of Delegates during the ABA Hybrid Annual Meeting on Tuesday that focuses on improving prosecutors' collection of case data.

Federal magistrate judge sanctions lawyers for election suit that was ‘one enormous conspiracy theory’

A federal magistrate judge has imposed sanctions on lawyers who challenged 2020 election methods in an opinion that criticized their “woeful lack of investigation” into the law and the facts.

‘Making a Murderer’ subject Steven Avery loses appellate bid for new-trial hearing; his lawyer is undeterred

The Wisconsin Court of Appeals on Wednesday rejected a request for a hearing in a new-trial bid by Steven Avery, whose case was portrayed in the Making a Murderer Netflix series.

Wisconsin judge suspended for ‘undignified’ speech, showing off handgun

A Wisconsin judge has been suspended for directing “impatient, undignified, and disrespectful speech” to defendants and attorneys and for displaying his handgun in the courtroom.

Top Wisconsin court narrowly approves bar admission of woman convicted in pot plot

The Wisconsin Supreme Court ruled 4-3 Tuesday that a woman convicted in a plot to smuggle marijuana to the state from Oregon should be allowed to practice law.

Juvenile court judge charged with possession of child pornography faces additional charges

A juvenile court judge who was charged with possession of child pornography in Wisconsin will now face additional federal charges.

Maker of Snapchat can be sued for speed filter used by youths before fatal crash, 9th Circuit rules

A federal appeals court has ruled that Snapchat isn’t protected from liability by Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act in a case alleging that three youths died in a car crash after using the app’s speed filter.

Colorful judicial writing style undermines legitimacy of opinions, law prof argues

Judges who write colorful opinions that are lively and engaging are undermining the integrity of the judicial role and the legitimacy of opinions, a law professor has argued in an upcoming law review article.

Afternoon Briefs: Uber ordered to pay $1.1M to blind passenger; state supreme court overturns mask mandate

Uber must pay $1.1M after drivers discriminated against woman who is blind, arbitrator says

Uber has been ordered to pay a San Francisco woman—who is blind and uses a…

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