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Tosa Mayor Named As ‘Target’ By Police

Tosa Mayor Named As ‘Target’ By Police

Such action will 'drive a wedge" between police and people they serve, McBride warns.

How Independent Are Police Shooting Investigations?

How Independent Are Police Shooting Investigations?

Emails raise questions about the rotating team of investigators known as the Milwaukee Area Investigative Team.

Tosa Police Use High Fees to Combat Open Records?

Tosa Police Use High Fees to Combat Open Records?

Email outlining policy 'a shocking admission of bad faith,' expert says.

Mensah Settlement Leaves Lawyers, Officials Squabbling

Mensah Settlement Leaves Lawyers, Officials Squabbling

Attorneys arguing with city; police chief at odds with Common Council.

Activist Arrested in Kenosha Joins Curfew Lawsuit

Activist Arrested in Kenosha Joins Curfew Lawsuit

Lawsuit argues that curfew was only enforced against those protesting police brutality.

Tosa Police Issue Gets More Heated

Tosa Police Issue Gets More Heated

Other suburb’s police massing against protesters. Sensenbrenner, police chief, talk radio condemn protests.

Schwantes for Judge campaign announces first 100 endorsements from community leaders
Press Release

Schwantes for Judge campaign announces first 100 endorsements from community leaders

Endorsers including Rep. Evan Goyke, six judges and more than 80 local attorneys

Judge Paul Rifelj gains endorsement of more Milwaukee judges and dozens of attorneys
Press Release

Judge Paul Rifelj gains endorsement of more Milwaukee judges and dozens of attorneys

As the first public defender appointed to the bench in many years, Rifelj is earning support from across the legal and political spectrum.

The Roundup: The Jewish Judge Who’s a Quarter Irish
The Roundup

The Jewish Judge Who’s a Quarter Irish

Governor James E. Doyle told about 75 people at Mo’s Irish Pub last Friday that “there are a number of good things I can do as governor. … I get to appoint people to the bench. As a lawyer and the son of a judge, I take this seriously.” What does the governor look for in a judge? – He’s appointed about 6 of them so far –“I get a list of very – incredibly good people. I could pick them out of a hat. But I look for intelligence, fairness, and understanding of people. Also, frankly, some much needed diversity.” Doyle got diversity all right when he appointed Glenn Yamahiro as a Milwaukee County Circuit Court Judge last year. Yamahiro, a former public defender, lawyer in private practice, and teacher of disturbed students, is also the first Asian-American to sit on the bar in Wisconsin. He is that, and more, the crowd, gathered for a fundraiser, was to learn. Yamahiro told the crowd that he was proud to be “the first [judicial] appointee by a democratic governor in almost 20 years.” Yamahiro is running for a full term against former Judge Robert Crawford, whose antics on the bench in the past cost him his seat to Judge Louis Butler, who was present, as were such other judges as Jean DiMotto, Ted Wedemeyer, Tom Donegan, Paul Wall and judge wannabees like Audrey Skwierawski. Attorneys including the venerable Dominic Frinzi and Mark Thomsen popped in for the gig. Yamahiro has already proven himself to be one of the more amusing speakers on the bench, and among politicians generally. “I told the governor at the time of my appointment that any opponent I would get would be buried at the election. “Now we have to come through on that promise,” he said, to the general assent of the assembled, not eager for a return of the goofy Crawford. Yamahiro rubbed it in: “If it was an election of the informed, we wouldn’t need this gathering,” he said. Do not think that Yamahiro tried to coast by solely on the merits of his wit and the novelty of his Asian background. “I am the first Asian-American judge in Wisconsin, but I did have a grandma in Iowa, born about 100 years ago. Her name was Morrissey. So I have 25 percent Irish blood, and I am happy to be in Mo’s Irish Pub with the Guinness flowing.” The crowd really liked this intercultural news, and I talked to Deja Vishny, a public defender with a really cool name – and yet another story. “I’m Glenn’s wife,” she said. The couple has one child, who attends a Jewish elementary school. “I’m Jewish,” she explained. “So is Glenn,” she added. Observations From the Governor On the Legislature You get the feeling from Governor Jim Doyle that the legislature is acting like a pesky housefly that he has to keep swatting at. The recent meetings of the august representatives of the people were characterized in this […]