Defense attorney protests camera at 17-year-old’s trial

Posted on Thursday, August 7th, 2014 at 1:39 pm    

At the trial of 17-year-old Demetrius Brown for the burglary of a Milwaukee Walgreens, defense attorney Christian Eichenlaub protested the presence of cameras due to Brown’s age, Fox6 reported on July 23.

Court Commissioner Maria Dorsey said she saw nothing particularly sensitive about this case and believed that the one camera present was not a problem. Eichenlaub requested that the judge review Dorsey’s opinion before moving forward.

Four individuals were caught on camera entering the Walgreens and leaving later with store products. Brown’s fingerprints were found at the scene, and he made statements that seem to admit to the crime. Prior to this charge, Brown had three felony burglary charges as a juvenile.

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Additional mental exam for 12-year-old girl stabbing case suspect halted

Posted on Friday, July 25th, 2014 at 1:01 pm    

Waukesha County Judge Michael Bohren reversed his previous order of a mental examination for one of the two 12-year-old stabbing suspects from Wisconsin who stabbed another 12-year-old girl, NBC Chicago reported on July 9.

The criminal complaint against the suspects alleges that the girls lured their friend to a park west of Milwaukee on May 31 and stabbed her 19 times to please an internet character called the Slender Man. The victim survived, and the two suspects are facing charges of attempted intentional homicide.

In a hearing last week, Bohren granted prosecutor Susan Opper’s request to have the suspect undergo a mental examination to determine the girl’s state of mind during the stabbing incident on May 31 amid protests by defense attorney Anthony Cotton. Cotton argued that this would not be right because the girl has not yet decided to plead insanity. If she chooses to, then a mental exam of this nature would be appropriate. The results of her exam otherwise would violate the suspect’s right to remain silent.

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Clayton Courtney receives $500,000 bond for homicide charge

Posted on Friday, July 11th, 2014 at 4:33 pm    

Twenty-eight-year-old Janesville resident Clayton Courtney, charged with first-degree intentional homicide for the killing of 21-year-old Britney Cross, was set a $500,000 bond by Court Commissioner Steve Meyer at Courtney’s initial court appearance on June 20, the GazetteXtra reported.

According to a criminal complaint filed on the same day of Courtney’s court appearance, a witness said he saw Courtney and Cross arguing at Traxler Park the afternoon Cross’ body was discovered near the bridge. Not long after, the man said he saw Courtney walking on Main Street, and he allegedly seemed paranoid.

Assistant District Attorney Richard Sullivan believes that the murder case against Courtney is extremely solid.

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Milwaukee woman pleads guilty to killing 14-month-old son

Posted on Monday, June 16th, 2014 at 4:58 pm    

Milwaukee resident Nora Zylstra, 37, plead guilty to first-degree reckless homicide regarding the death of her 14-month-old son.

The charges stem from allegations that she suffocated her 14-month-old son, Leonidas Fisher, with a pillow at their home on March 9, 2014. The child’s body was discovered in his crib during a welfare check that was called in to the police.

Zylstra suffers from mental illness and was entered into a plea bargain, reducing her charge from first-degree intentional homicide to first-degree reckless homicide.

Deja Vishny, Zylstra’s defense attorney, said that even if her client is suffering from a mental illness and is currently taking medication for her condition, she has the absolute competency to proceed with the trial and is “more than anxious to resolve this case”.

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Attorney Michael F. Hart Secures Reduced Charges and Sentencing for S.C. Johnson Heir

Posted on Wednesday, June 11th, 2014 at 3:05 pm    

Attorney Michael F. Hart with Kohler & Hart, SC, along with Craig Powell and Geoff Misfeldt, helped billionaire Samuel Curtis “Curt” Johnson III, secure significantly reduced charges in a recent high profile prosecution that lasted over three years. Johnson was originally facing aggravated felony charges, but on June 6, 2014, he pleaded guilty to fourth-degree sexual assault and disorderly conduct, both misdemeanor charges. As a product of his plea, Johnson will serve a sentence of four months in jail and pay $6,000 in fines.

The Assistant District Attorney handling the case pursued the maximum penalties for these misdemeanors, which would have amounted to a year in jail for Johnson. However, Johnson’s attorney Michael F. Hart argued that a far lesser sentence was appropriate, stating that the harshest penalties should be reserved for serious, repeat offenders. He noted that this was Johnson’s first offense and that other than this incident, he had been a productive member of society.

Circuit Judge Eugene Gasiorkiewicz agreed with Hart’s sentencing recommendation and rejected the prosecutor’s recommendation. As a result, he will not have to register as a sex offender.

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Pistorius begins month-long psychiatric evaluation

Posted on Monday, June 2nd, 2014 at 3:35 pm    

Twenty-seven-year-old Olympic marathon runner Oscar Pistorius started his month-long psychiatric evaluation at Weskoppies Psychiatric Hospital in Pretoria, South Africa on May 26, Tulsa’s Channel 8 reported.

Judge Thokozile Masipa ordered the hospital to find out if Pistorius exhibited any kind of mental disorder when he shot girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp multiple times through a bathroom door in his home on Feb. 14, 2013. The hospital’s findings could affect whether Pistorius can be held criminally liable for the act he committed or not. Pistorius, currently out on bail, must visit the hospital from 9 a.m. up to 4 p.m. every weekday for a month. Otherwise, he resides at his uncle’s home. Some experts believe Pistorius should be receiving 24-hour clinical observation and question whether his star athlete status may be giving him special treatment.

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Sexual Assault Charges Dismissed

Posted on Wednesday, May 7th, 2014 at 2:26 pm    

Attorney Craig S. Powell with Kohler & Hart was recently able to secure a dismissal of sexual assault charges for a client. Powell argued before the Wisconsin Court of Appeals that the complaint against his client was unconstitutional. Specifically, Powell argued that his client did not receive sufficient notice of a complaint in order to be able to properly prepare a defense. Additionally, Powell argued that some evidence was was improperly admitted by the circuit court. Because of these factors, the Court of Appeals decided to dismiss the case.

Appleton attorney found guilty in sexual assault case

Posted on Tuesday, May 6th, 2014 at 7:21 pm    

Appleton attorney David Dudas has been found guilty of 30 of 31 charges including a count of first-degree sexual assault, 14 counts of second-degree sexual assault, and 11 counts of strangulation for abusing his wife for over a year.

On last day of the trial, witnesses speaking for Dudas told the jury that Dudas’ ex-wife would not call 911 or leave the house she and Dudas shared with their children when the abuse would occur. Over time, the sexual assault would become more and more extreme.

District Attorney Carrie Schneider said that the videos shown to the court and the reports detailing the injuries that she sustained as a result of Dudas’s sexual abuses “are worth 31 convictions” of sexual assault.

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Charges of Manufacturing THC Dismissed

Posted on Friday, May 2nd, 2014 at 7:57 pm    

Craig S. Powell, shareholder with Kohler & Hart, recently was able to secure a case dismissal for a client charged with manufacturing THC. His client was arrested after police entered his house and found a marijuana growth operation. They reported to the house to perform a welfare check after receiving a call from a concerned neighbor. Powell argued that it was unreasonable for the police to enter his client’s house under the circumstances, and the prosecution decided to dismiss the case.

Three charged for death of 20-year-old Kenosha man

Posted on Friday, May 2nd, 2014 at 3:49 pm    

Three men linked to the death of 20-year-old Kenosha County resident Anthony Edwards will stand trial for their alleged crimes, FOX6 News reported on April 30.

Twenty-year-old Brandon Horak faces a felony murder charge as an accessory to the crime. Twenty-two-year-old Joseph-Jamal Brantley, the shooter, was charged with four offenses – first degree reckless homicide, armed robbery, carrying a concealed weapon, and first degree recklessly endangering safety. Finally, 19-year-old Markese Tibbs’ charges include first degree reckless homicide, armed robbery, and first degree recklessly endangering safety.

According to the Kenosha police, they responded to a call that reported a shooting and car accident on 65th and Sheridan Road, after which they found Edwards’s body. Preliminary investigation showed Edwards crashed his car into a house after he was gunned in the area of 58th Street and 11th Avenue.

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