Lax Defense Attorney Backs Plan To Pay The Wrongly Convicted
A few years ago, former Wisconsin cop Evan Zimmerman was cleared of a murder charge that led to a false conviction and three years in prison.
The La Crosse attorney who helped Zimmerman clear his name is happy to see state lawmakers propose a bill that would offer more money to the wrongly convicted. Keith Belzer says Zimmerman had many strikes against him as an ex-con trying to return to society, including having his court record displayed on the C-CAP state website. Evan Zimmerman died of cancer in 2007, only two years after his release. Existing rules only allow the falsely convicted to get five thousand dollars a year for up to three years. The new bill would raise that to a maximum of 50-thousand dollars for every year the prisoner had been locked up.
Here Come The Carp
In the latest sign that invasive Asian carp are penetrating
Cheesehead Honored At Capitol
Wisconsin lawmakers have honored the man who used cheese to create one of the state's most beloved cultural symbols. The state Senate voted unanimously on a joint resolution to honor entrepreneur Ralph Bruno and his hat-making employees at Foamation Inc. in St. Francis.
Bruno created the famous cheesehead hat in 1987 using stuffing from his couch. The hat has become a popular state symbol, frequently worn by fans at Packers games and other sporting events. The resolution also cleared in the Assembly Tuesday after some lawmakers donned the bright yellow foam cheesehead hats in Bruno's honor. Cheesehead hats are sold today in all 50 states and in more than 30 countries.
Kondracki Wants To Curb Drug Abuse After Woman's Death
We still don't know the cause of death for a La Crosse woman, whose body was found in a parking lot.
But the possibility of drug involvement has been mentioned by Police Chief Ed Kondracki. He says if the death of 35-year-old Kristen Rodgers is proved to be drug-related, it would be the ninth such death in the city within eight months. Kondracki says the frequency of local drug deaths shows how serious a problem drug abuse has become in the La Crosse area.
Number 12 Has His Own Day.......Soon
The state Senate has passed a resolution naming a day for Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers. The resolution designates Dec. 12, 2012, as Aaron Rodgers Day. Rodgers, who wears No. 12, led the Packers to a Super Bowl victory last year and helped them to a 15-2 record this past season. The New York Giants defeated Green Bay in the playoffs and went on to win the Super Bowl. The Senate passed the resolution Wednesday afternoon. The state Assembly passed the resolution last month.