Although many have proclaimed the war on drugs in the United States a lost one, that doesn't mean that law enforcement is about to give up the battle. Yes, a handful of states have decriminalized marijuana, at least when it comes to use of the drug for medicinal purposes. But Wisconsin isn't one of them, and the laws against it and other drugs are still very stringent.
Prosecutors have filed sexual assault charges against the stepbrother of a severely malnourished Wisconsin girl who says she was also abused by her parents. The case has made international headlines, which could compromise the 18-year-old man's ability to receive a fair trial.
As school districts become ever more stringent in their policies regarding child sexual abuse reporting, accusations of inappropriate behavior by faculty and staff continue to surface.
The embezzlement case against a man who was Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker's deputy chief of staff when the governor was the Milwaukee County executive is getting a new judge. The 48-year-old former aide is accused of stealing more than $21,000 from a nonprofit that Walker asked him to run.
Lawyers for a man who claimed he was sexually abused decades ago by a priest at a Milwaukee-area school for the deaf have withdrawn their lawsuit against Pope Benedict XVI and other high-level Vatican officials. The withdrawal is a victory for the Holy See, which has long insisted the pope bears no liability for the actions of an abusive priest.
Although it's often been said that we're all responsible for our own actions, prosecutors and judges don't always see things that way when it comes to fatal drug overdoses. A Wisconsin Dells man was sentenced this week to four years in prison for the death of a Reedsburg, Wisconsin, man in 2010.
The Penn State sex abuse scandal awakened universities across the nation and prompted them to re-examine their own abuse reporting policies, and the University of Wisconsin system was no different. But now officials in Madison have a specific target: a top athletic official who was accused of sexual assault after an incident at a Rose Bowl party.
When people are arrested for sex crimes involving a computer, such as online solicitation of a minor, it's usually the result of an undercover police investigation. The investigation usually starts with a detective looking in chat rooms for people who want to chat with children; the detective poses as a child to pique their interest.
As anyone from a small town knows, word travels fast in small circles. When everyone knows your name, they're able to recognize it in police blotters. That holds true in Antigo, Wisconsin, a city of about 8,000 people in Langlade County, where a high school football coach and former principal was arrested last month on drug charges. A retired special education teacher was also arrested and charged with 26 drug offenses.