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November 2012 Archives

Indecent exposure at Waukesha gas station: who's the masked man?

On Sunday morning an individual walked into a Waukesha gas station. While the temperature has begun to decrease, it has not quite hit the ski-mask range on the Fahrenheit scale. So it was no surprise that the gas station attendant was a little taken aback by the sight of the man wearing one as he entered at approximately four in the morning.

Cellphones may be small, but they hold a lot of evidence

Privacy is one of the most important rights that we have as citizens. This right works in tandem with a citizen's Fourth Amendment protection against unreasonable searches and seizures. So where does the balance lie between the right to privacy and an officer's ability to search and seize a suspect's property? The answer lies in the use of search warrants. These documents grant special access to items that belong to a suspect whether they are a small box or a large home.

Wisconsin court says that stalking is not free speech

The freedoms that we enjoy and are entitled to are not always easy to understand. For example, freedom of association is limited to groups without terrorist ties. This is a fairly obvious example, but all freedoms are limited in fairly nuanced ways as well. In many senses, the freedom that comes with the most nuanced limitations is freedom of speech.

Eight arrested for trafficking heroin that killed woman

Some people tend to fall into a drug habit. It may start out as a recreational activity, but soon many become addicted and to support their habit may get into drug trafficking. This may have been the case of eight Wisconsin people who have been arrested for trafficking heroin, which led to a woman's death this past spring.

Illegal school fantasy league involved sexual acts point system

Sometimes it takes the disclosure of a story occurring in another state for parents and law enforcement close to home to see if anything similar could be occurring in Wisconsin. For example, it was recently discovered that students at a high school located near San Francisco participated in a fantasy league involving varsity male athletes that awarded points for engaging in certain sexual acts with female students.

Could internet sex sting in Waukesha be considered entrapment?

We have previously written that it is common for law enforcement officers to conduct sting operations online in an attempt to catch potential computer sex crimes in the planning stages. It is not unusual for officers to pose as minors when engaging suspects online.

U.S. Supreme Court hears arguments in wiretapping case

Last week, the United States Supreme Court heard arguments in a wiretapping case that could affect untold numbers of Americans for years to come. Human rights advocates, journalists and attorneys concerned with the rights of those forced to mount a criminal defense or civil defense based on potentially illegal wiretapping evidence are seeking confirmation that they have standing to sue those who set up the wiretaps.

Recidivism rate among Wisconsin offenders is dropping

It has been observed that incarceration without available resources for rehabilitation tends to result in more crime when offenders leave prison walls. Without rehabilitation, life-skills training and other support, criminal offenders tend to become repeat offenders.

Wisconsin woman arrested for driving under the influence of meds

Americans are taught at an early age that drinking alcohol and then choosing to get behind the wheel of a vehicle is both dangerous and illegal. But what many Americans are not taught is that you can sometimes face criminal charges for driving under the influence if you drive with certain, legal medications in your system.

Crime lab scandal raises fundamental questions about the system

The Massachusetts state crime lab came under scrutiny recently after it was discovered that one of its scientists may have tainted evidence used in thousands of criminal cases. The scandal has shaken public confidence in criminal justice systems across the country.

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