Bench and Bar Experiences
A blog to record and convey the daily experiences of a Milwaukee County Circuit Court Judge.
Thursday, July 16, 2015
"Shall" -- Mandatory or Directory?
By Hon. John J. DiMotto Legal Definition of "Shall" According to Black's Law Dictionary, the term "shall&...
Wednesday, June 17, 2015
The Preclusion Doctrine
By Hon. John J. DiMotto The Preclusion Doctrine is a legal principle that precludes or estops a party from pursuing a lawsuit ...
Friday, April 3, 2015
Determining Credibility of Witnesses and the Weight of Evidence
By Hon. John J. DiMotto In every trial, in order to arrive at a verdict, the trier of fact - the judge in a court trial and ...
Monday, March 23, 2015
The Entrapment Defense in Wisconsin
By Hon. John J. DiMotto Entrapment is an affirmative defense bearing upon the guilt or innocence of a defendant. It is the i...
Wednesday, February 11, 2015
INFORMED CONSENT IN WISCONSIN: PAST AND PRESENT
By Hon. John J. DiMotto Section 448.30 of the Wisconsin Statutes sets forth the requirement that a physician obtain the informe...
Thursday, January 29, 2015
DAUBERT IN WISCONSIN -- THREE YEARS DOWN THE ROAD
By Hon. John J. DiMotto It has been almost three years since Wisconsin became a " Daubert " state. When the amendmen...
Wednesday, December 10, 2014
ELECTRONIC SURVEILLANCE AND ONE PARTY CONSENT IN WISCONSIN
BY HON. JOHN J. DIMOTTO With the disclosures by Edward Snowden regarding activities of the NSA, people are much more attuned tod...
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