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Public Defender Change To Be Signed Soon

Brad Williams

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MORE PEOPLE IN WISCONSIN WILL BE ABLE TO QUALIFY FOR COURT-APPOINTED LAWYERS IN WISCONSIN, UNDER A BILL PASSED LAST WEEK BY THE STATE ASSEMBLY.

THE GOVERNOR IS LIKELY TO SIGN THAT BILL SOON. FOR THE FIRST TIME IN OVER 20 YEARS, THE BILL WOULD CHANGE INCOME REQUIREMENTS IN THE STATE WHICH HAVE KEPT SOME VERY POOR PEOPLE FROM HAVING A LAWYER IF THEY’RE ARRESTED FOR CRIMES. ROSEANN OLIVETO, AN ASSISTANT TO THE PUBLIC DEFENDER IN THE LA CROSSE-LANCASTER AREA, SAYS AREA COUNTIES WILL HAVE TO BE STUDIED TO SEE HOW MANY MORE DEFENDERS THEY CAN HIRE WHEN THE LAW TAKES EFFECT IN THE MIDDLE OF NEXT YEAR.

A native of Prairie du Chien, Brad graduated from UW - La Crosse and has worked in radio news for more than 30 years, mostly in the La Crosse area. He regularly covers local courts and city and county government. Brad produces the features "Yesterday in La Crosse" and "What's Buried on Brad's Desk." He also writes the website "Triviazoids," which finds odd connections between events that happen on a certain date, and he writes and performs with the local comedy group Heart of La Crosse. Brad been featured on several national TV programs because of his memory skills.

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