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August 2011 Archives

Prosecutors drop sexual assault charges against Strauss-Kahn

Late last month, we wrote that the criminal case against Dominique Strauss-Kahn (DSK) was unraveling quickly. At that time, there were rumors that the charges would eventually be dropped. In May, Strauss-Kahn had been arrested and charged with the attempted rape of a maid who worked at the hotel where he was staying.

Missing evidence hinders defense in OWI homicide case: Part II

Earlier this week, we began a discussion about a controversial case of alleged drunk driving homicide. A Wisconsin man is on trial for the 2009 drunk-driving deaths of his wife and daughter.

Missing evidence hinders defense in OWI homicide case: Part I

Last week, proceedings began in a controversial drunk driving case. A Wisconsin man has been charged with two counts of homicide by drunken driving. The victims of the crash were his 40-year-old wife and his 12-year-old daughter. His son, who was 9 at the time, survived the crash.

Man beats DUI charge, proving his car was inoperable: Part II

Earlier this week, we began a discussion about DUI charges stemming from the legal concept of "actual physical control" (APC). In states with APC laws, authorities can charge someone with DUI if they are drunk and in proximity to their car.

Man beats DUI charge, proving his car was inoperable: Part I

In March, we wrote about the legal concept of "actual physical control" (APC). In states with APC laws, intoxicated individuals can be arrested for DUI even if they were not driving the car when spotted by a police officer. They merely need to have the capacity to drive, which can include having the car turned on for warmth purposes.

Wisconsin issues thousands of ignition interlock devices last year

Just over a year ago, the state of Wisconsin enacted a new law increasing penalties for repeat OWI offenders. In July of 2010, a law went into effect requiring the installation of an ignition interlock device (IID) for anyone convicted of repeat OWI or for first offenders with a BAC of 0.15 percent or higher.

Wisconsin Appeals Court upholds DUI stop based on cautious driving

Last week, we wrote about the Wisconsin man who was convicted of DUI despite the fact that he was never pulled over and no one even saw him driving. The Wisconsin Supreme Court upheld the ruling based solely on evidence from an electronic monitoring device the man was wearing.

Wisconsin man convicted for DUI despite no proof he was driving

We often write that there are rules and procedures law enforcement must follow in prosecuting alleged drunk drivers. Police officers need probable cause to administer field sobriety tests, and those tests need to be administered correctly.

Attorney says rape defendants should remain anonymous: Part II

Last week, we began a discussion about the damage caused by false allegations of rape. Because of heavy and biased media coverage, defendants often suffer serious damage to their reputation, career and finances even if they are later acquitted.

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