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Wisconsin News Reporters’ Legal Handbook

Wisconsin News Reporters’ Legal Handbook

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WisconsinNewsReportersLegalHandbooki
Published by the State Bar of Wisconsin’sMedia-Law Relations Committeein cooperation with the Wisconsin Broadcasters Associationand the Wisconsin Newspaper AssociationFifth Edition, January 2005
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Chapter1:WisconsinFairTrialandFreePressPrinciplesandGuidelinesii
Fifth EditionCopyright 2005 State Bar of WisconsinMadison, WisconsinAll Rights ReservedPrinted in the United States of AmericaTo order additional copies of the
Wisconsin News Reporters’ Legal Handbook,
please contact the State Bar of Wisconsin at (800) 728-7788, (608) 257-3838. Each copy is $5 plus shipping, handling, and applicable sales tax.
Media-LawRelationsCommitteeMedia-LawRelationsCommitteeMedia-LawRelationsCommitteeMedia-LawRelationsCommitteeMedia-LawRelationsCommittee
Hon. William F. EichAtty. April Rockstead BarkerAtty. R. Alan BatesHon. Henry B. BusleeJustice Neil Patrick CrooksAtty. Lafayette LaJaune CrumpMr. Robert DrechselHon. William D. DykeAtty. Richard Alan FetherstonMr. Peter D. FoxAtty. James Alan FriedmanAtty. Jennifer Alleman HarperMr. Neil HeinenMr. Mark HertzbergMr. Ed HinshawKelly L. Centofanti, chairMr. John HofflandMr. Tim KelleyMr. John LaabsAtty. Maria S. LazarAtty. Leonard Eugene MartinMr. Jeff MayersAtty. David A. MelnickAtty. Mitchell S. MoserAtty. Joseph J. ShutkinMr. Tom StillMr. Mark StodderMs. Amanda K. ToddMs. Connie WalkerHon. Maxine Aldridge WhiteJustice Jon P. Wilcox
Special thanks to Handbook Subcommittee members: Kelly L. Centofanti, Connie Walker,Tony Anderson, Amanda K. Todd, Mark Stodder, and James Friedman. Atty. Dan Rossmiller, staff liaison
 
WisconsinNewsReportersLegalHandbookiii
ContentsContentsContentsContentsContents
PrefacePrefacePrefacePrefacePreface
....................................................................v
ChapterOneChapterOneChapterOneChapterOneChapterOne
Wisconsin Fair Trial and Free Press Principles andGuidelines
Purpose.......................................................................1Principles to Ensure Free Press and Fair Trial..............1Guidelines for Criminal Proceedings.............................2Guidelines for Juvenile Proceedings.............................4Guidelines for Civil and Administrative Proceedings.....4
ChapterTwoChapterTwoChapterTwoChapterTwoChapterTwo
Rules Governing Electronic Media and Still Photo-graphy Coverage of Wisconsin Judicial Proceedings
Gene Purcells Tips for Electronic Newsgathering in theWisconsin Court System.........................................5Supreme Court Rules..................................................6Authority of Trial Judge...............................................6Media Coordinator.......................................................7Equipment and Personnel............................................7Sound and Light Criteria..............................................7Location of Equipment and Personnel..........................8Courtroom Light Sources.............................................8Conferences.................................................................8Recesses......................................................................8Official Court Record...................................................8Resolution of Disputes.................................................8Prohibition of Photographing at Request of Participant..............................................................8Inapplicability to Individuals; Use of Material forAdvertising Prohibited.............................................9Judicial Guidelines for Dealing with News MediaInquiries.................................................................9Four Rules for Judges................................................10
ChapterThreeChapterThreeChapterThreeChapterThreeChapterThree
Courts and Court Procedures
Part A: Wisconsin State Courts.......................................14
Criminal Cases..........................................................14Initial Appearance and Setting Bail............................15Preliminary Hearing, Arraignment, and Substitution..16Motions.....................................................................17Change of Plea...........................................................18Trials: Jury Trials and Court Trials............................18Trials: Jury Selection.................................................19Trials........................................................................20Sentencing: The Sentencing Hearing..........................21Sentencing: Sentencing Options.................................22Competency and Mental Disease or Defect.................24Postconviction Proceedings........................................25John Doe Investigations.............................................25Juvenile Matters........................................................26Civil Cases................................................................28Probate......................................................................29Municipal Courts.......................................................29
Part B: Federal Courts in Wisconsin...............................30
Criminal Cases..........................................................30Civil Cases................................................................33Bankruptcy and Reorganization.................................35Endnotes...................................................................36
ChapterFourChapterFourChapterFourChapterFourChapterFour
Issues of Access: Privilege, Open Records, OpenMeetings, Rights of Privacy, and Defamation
The Journalist’s Privilege...........................................37Source of the Journalist’s Privilege.............................37Scope of the Privilege.................................................37Open Records............................................................38Procedure for Obtaining Records................................38Types of Records Available.........................................38
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Notice and Review Procedures......................38Records Subject to
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Notice............................39Time Limits on the
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Procedure......................39Other Statutory Requirements...................................40Enforcement..............................................................40Open Meetings...........................................................40Scope of the Open Meetings Law................................41Procedure to Close a Meeting.....................................41Enforcement..............................................................42Access to Courtrooms................................................42Cameras in the Courtroom.........................................42Access to Juvenile Court Proceedings.........................42Newsgathering Techniques.........................................43Recording a Telephone Conversation..........................43Access to Private Property..........................................43Right of Privacy..........................................................44Defamation................................................................44Elements of Defamation.............................................44Who May Sue for Defamation.....................................44Defenses....................................................................44Damages...................................................................45Endnotes...................................................................45
ChapterFiveChapterFiveChapterFiveChapterFiveChapterFive
Internet Resources for Reporters
Archives....................................................................47Civics Education Organizations..................................48Civics Education Standards and Reports....................48Contemporary Court and CriminalJustice Issues.........................................................49Continuing Education for Teachers............................50Courts.......................................................................50Government..............................................................51Law- and Government-related Reference....................51Law-related Education...............................................53
ChapterSixChapterSixChapterSixChapterSixChapterSix
Glossary of Common Legal Terms
...........................57

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