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July 3, 2015

WSLL at Your Service: July 2015

Read the July issue of WSLL @ Your Service for the latest library news and tech tips. 

In this issue: 
  • What's New: Upcoming classes; MCLL Holiday closing;
  • Searching the Wisconsin Administrative Code online;
  • This Just in: New & updated library materials; Monthly list of new titles;
  • Tech Tip: New Bluebook covers eBooks and updates internet citation rules;
  • WSLL Recommends: Exculpatory Evidence;
  • Staff News: Three new library assistants;
  • Odds 'n' Endings: Vacation rentals and fireworks law. 
As always, your comments are welcome. Please direct them to the editor, Lisa.Winkler@wicourts.gov

Milwaukee County Law Library Closed July 3rd

The Milwaukee County Law Library is closed on July 3rd in observance of the July 4th holiday. Direct any questions while MCLL is closed to the WI State Law Library reference desk: 608-267-9696. The library will reopen on Monday, July 6th.

June 29, 2015

WSLL Recommends: Exculpatory Evidence

Black's Law Dictionary defines "exculpatory evidence" as evidence tending to establish a criminal defendant's innocence. The authoritative text on exculpatory evidence is Exculpatory Evidence: the accused's constitutional right to introduce favorable evidence. Written by renown experts Edward J. Imwinkelried, UC Davis School of Law and Norman M. Garland, Southwestern University Law School, it is now in its third edition.

This detailed treatise offers a comprehensive examination of a defendant's right to present exculpatory evidence. Criminal defense attorneys will appreciate the commentary on successful trial defense strategies and ways to improve the effectiveness of their arguments.

Newer counsel and seasoned litigators will benefit from reading the introductory chapter on the English common law behind the accused's right to present a defense and how it developed into a constitutional standard in American case law. Subsequent chapters break down individual rules such as:
  • Procedural restrictions on the admissibility of defense evidence
  • Rules rendering persons incompetent as witnesses at trial
  • Rules excluding logically irrelevant evidence
  • Hearsay rule excluding unreliable testimony
  • Defense advocacy for the accused's right to present evidence
Check out Exculpatory evidence to help you present the best possible defense in your cases.

June 22, 2015

Fireworks Laws in Wisconsin

Wisconsin Statute 167.10 addresses the regulation of fireworks in Wisconsin and lists various firework-related devices that aren't regulated, such as sparklers or toy snakes. Anyone looking for a concise summary of fireworks laws should look at the WI Dept. of Justice's Wisconsin Fireworks Law memo. This guide includes a list of items that are generally legal in Wisconsin without a permit, as well as those that are illegal without a permit throughout Wisconsin.

It's important to note that further restrictions and enforcement rest with local authorities, so be sure to check local ordinances. Permits are generally issued by local authorities (i.e. the mayor or person designated by the mayor). The Wisconsin Fireworks Law memo also covers examples of laws and practices you might see for local fireworks regulation.

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