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Monroe County man loses appeal of 5th OWI charge, over dog-sniff evidence

Brad Williams

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The U.S. Supreme Court once decided a case in his favor, but a man from Monroe County has lost his latest appeal of a court conviction. 

Appeals judges in Wisconsin turned down Michael Kingsley’s attempt to throw out a guilty plea for a 5th time OWI charge. 

Kingsley says cops should not have been allowed to have a dog sniff his car for drugs in 2016, because the car was parked on his property at the time. 

The appeals court ruled that the car was actually on a street near his mobile home in the Warrens area, and not his own personal property.

Kingsley won a federal Supreme Court ruling in 2015, after he claimed that staffers of the Monroe County jail used excessive force on him while he was handcuffed. 

He could still appeal the latest ruling to the Wisconsin Supreme Court.

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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