DAILY WISCONSIN

Ethics

Value of Gableman’s legal services disputed

Argument: The specific provision of the judicial ethics code defines gifts as something that is received “without valuable consideration.” The contract that gave Michael Best a possibility of recovering legal fees was “valuable consideration” and thus the legal services were not a gift, Gableman attorney Viet Dinh of Washington, D.C., wrote in a letter to…

Two million paid after lawyer misconduct

That’s $2,000.000.00: A state fund that pays victims of misconduct by dishonest lawyers doled out nearly $2 million in the past six years, nearly double the amount paid in the previous six, records analyzed by the Journal Sentinel show. The Wisconsin Lawyers’ Fund for Client Protection – a little-known body created 30 years ago by…

Disgraced former DA Kratz cited by regulators for alleged sexual assault

The state Department of Justice investigated an allegation that former Calumet County District Attorney Ken Kratz sexually assaulted a woman he previously prosecuted but declined to charge him because investigators felt the witness lacked credibility, records show. The Office of Lawyer Regulation found merit in the allegation, however, citing Kratz for two ethics violations related…

Another: Second UWGB official collecting salary, benefits after brief ‘retirement’

Shameless greed and presumed entitlement to taxpayer money in perpetuity: Associate Provost Timothy Sewall retired from the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay in March and returned to his $110,000-a-year post a month later, collecting both his salary and about $44,000 in annual retirement payments,according to records obtained Wednesday by the Green Bay Press-Gazette. Via Green Bay…

Justice Gableman’s odd sense of perspective

Not much of a witness: He [Gableman] also claimed Bradley was a little taller than Prosser and described her looming over Prosser much as then-Sen. Lyndon B. Johnson did over a shorter senator in a famous photo. But the reports said Prosser is 6 inches taller than Bradley, who stands 5-feet-3-inches. Via Milwaukee Journal Sentinel.…