Share This Story! Let friends in your social network know what you are reading about Facebook Email Twitter Google+ LinkedIn Pinterest A long-haul defense lawyer makes do with Wisconsin's lowest-in-nation pay Wisconsin pays private attorneys $40 an hour to represent indigent defendants. That's the lowest rate in the nation, and few lawyers will take the job. Sent! A link has been sent to your friend's email address. Posted! A link has been posted to your Facebook feed. 1 Join the Conversation To find out more about Facebook commenting please read the Conversation Guidelines and FAQs Subscribe Today Log In Subscribed, but don't have a login? Activate your digital access. Bruce Vielmetti, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel Published 10:31 a.m. CT May 11, 2018 | Updated 11:26 a.m. CT May 11, 2018 CLOSE Bruce Vielmetti discusses the crisis facing the State Public Defender's office. Milwaukee CONNECT TWEET LINKEDIN 1 … [Read more...] about A long-haul defense lawyer makes do with Wisconsin’s lowest-in-nation pay
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Flint — Defense attorneys on Monday challenged the truthfulness of the special prosecution’s lead witness against Michigan Department of Environmental Quality employees charged with crimes related to the Flint water crisis. Attorneys for DEQ employees Stephen Busch and Michael Prysby heavily questioned Michael Glasgow, the former water utilities administrator for Flint. They constantly referred to a interview Glasgow had with the Federal Bureau of Investigation in March 2016 about the opening of the Flint Water Treatment plant in 2014 prior to the controversial switch to the corrosive Flint River. Busch attorney Deday LaRene asked Glasgow if he said no one “pressured you to put that Flint Water Treatment plant online.” “I did make that statement,” said Glasgow, who reached a plea deal with Special Prosecutor Todd Flood in exchange for his testimony, but indicated he was foggy about his exact conversation with the feds. The comment came after LaRene … [Read more...] about DEQ defense lawyers grill ex-Flint plant operator
By Bob Thuemmel In her March 28 opinion piece, victims' advocate Danielle Tudor says that Judge Kenneth Walker of Multnomah County should resign, because he did not allow a victim to read her entire impact statement at the defendant's sentencing hearing. Well, Ms. Tudor, you're wrong about that. I practiced in the courts of Multnomah County and Oregon for 40 years, becoming colleagues and friends with many of the circuit court judges. Some were very good at their job, and some weren't. Ken Walker is very good. His life experiences have given him some very special abilities and skills for the job. As someone who grew up in the tough neighborhoods of Los Angeles in the 1960s and 1970s, Judge Walker knows what it's like to be surrounded by choices, good and bad, every day. He bought himself a bus ticket to Portland and never looked back. His career as a public defender and criminal lawyer, along with his experience from childhood, made him very well suited for the job … [Read more...] about In defense of Judge Walker: Guest columnist
HAMMOND — Federal prosecutors and Portage Mayor James Snyder's defense attorney continued to skirmish in pre-trial motions over emails the FBI seized from Portage City Hall computers.Indianapolis attorney Jackie M. Bennett Jr. asked the court this week to make the government turn over all remaining evidence it intends to use against the mayor in a public corruption trial now scheduled to begin the week of June 4.He said it is likely the government could be holding more private discussions of Snyder's defense strategy — in violation of the attorney-client privilege — during a bulk collection of electronic communications between Snyder and his former defense lawyer, Thomas Kirsch II.Snyder hired Kirsch in 2014. The government last year named Kirsch as U.S. Attorney for Northern Indiana. Kirsch has recused himself from the case, which now is being managed by the U.S. Attorney's office in Chicago.Assistant U.S. Attorney Jill Koster replied this week that the government … [Read more...] about Portage mayor James Snyder’s defense lawyer continues to hammer federal prosecutors’ email handling
Updated at 6:40 p.m. with comment from spokeswoman for Circuit Attorney Kim Gardner.ST. LOUIS • Defense lawyers for Missouri Gov. Eric Greitens asked a judge Thursday to order prosecutors to disclose any threats or promises made to get Greitens' former lover to cooperate with a criminal investigation of him.In the defense motion, lawyers say that the woman and other witnesses did not file a criminal complaint on their own, and were "initially uncooperative with media inquiries." (The woman has never agreed to media interviews and has asked for privacy.) Post-Dispatch coverage of the Greitens scandal From Greitens' initial statement to the release of the indictment, read the Post-Dispatch coverage of the governor's scandal. They speculate that the same witnesses "were likely similarly reluctant to fully participate in the Circuit Attorney's investigation of this matter.""On information and belief, there is reason to believe that in fact offers of leniency … [Read more...] about Greitens’ defense lawyers ask: Was former lover threatened or rewarded by prosecutors?