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Probation for driver in fatal crash

The State charged the client with homicide by negligent operation of a vehicle and driving on a revoked license causing death. After the court ruled in favor of the defense on several jury instruction and other pretrial motions, the State offered the client a simple operating after revocation.

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Client acquitted in hit-and-run case

Attorney Richards successfully defended and arguing for an acquittal in this jury trial. Our client was acquitted of all charges relating from this incident.

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Blows to Johnson prosecutors

A former Racine County teen who allegedly was molested by her stepfather, Curt Johnson, cannot testify when his child sexual assault case goes to trial — unless first she releases her medical records, according to a Wisconsin Supreme Court opinion released Wednesday morning.

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State Seeks Appeal in Sexual Assault Case

Racine County prosecutors will ask the state Attorney General’s Office to appeal a ruling made Wednesday in a rape case, which allows a defense lawyer to question the alleged victim about whether she lied about other sexual partners.

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Johnson trial scheduled for January

RACINE — After more than 18 months in a virtual holding pattern, lawyers needed another 9 minutes on Thursday to set the date for Curt Johnson to go to trial for allegedly sexually assaulting his stepdaughter.

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Double Motions to Reconsider Filed in Johnson Case

RACINE — The five Wisconsin Supreme Court justices who decided earlier this month that Curt Johnson’s stepdaughter may testify, but doesn’t have to fork over her private medical records first, merely “cobbled together” their ruling, his defense attorneys contend.

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Gehrke Plea Change

Janell Gehrke is in court for a Change of Plea hearing. She changed her plea to guilty on the charge of homicide by intoxicated use of a vehicle.

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Janell Gehrke Court

Janell Gehrke was in a hearing Monday afternoon to set a trial date in Racine County Circuit Court. She is being charged with Homicide by intoxicated use of a vehicle, hit and run resultingin death, hit and run causing great bodily harm, and operating while intoxicated causing injury.

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A Reluctant Rebellion

Attorney Richards has struggled with federal sentencing guidelines for years. Here is an interesting article about such guidelines in federal child pornography cases, including one that Attorney Richards handled.

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Adrial gets new trial

Adrial White is granted an new trial after his new defense attorneys argued that White's trial attorney was ineffective. White is serving a life sentence for murder.

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Adrial gets a second chance

Chosen as #5, in The Journal Times top 10 stories of 2008, Adrial White was granted an appeal to bring his case in front of a jury of his peers in the appeal of First-Degree Intentional Homicide, and Attempted First-Degree Intentional Homicide.

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Attorney: Teacher accused of assault turned himself in

Once he confirmed that he was wanted for three charges of first-degree sexual assault of a child, Larry J. Robinson, 51, immediately drove from his Milwaukee home to the Racine County Jail to turn himself in, lawyer Mark Richards said.

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Mark Richards: Rebel with a cause

If he's not fidgeting with his PalmPilot to check and re-check the stock market, e-mails and look up phone numbers, Richards is strategizing how to win his next court case.

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Racine case appealed to state Supreme Court

Should failure to sign a search warrant invalidate the evidence obtained during the search, the Wisconsin State Supreme Court was asked Wednesday in a heroin possession case from Racine.

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Racine inmate cleared of charges

After what prosecutors characterize as serious credibility issues for a key witness in a homicide case, they dropped charges against a Racine man accused of choking his cellmate to death last April.

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Suspect let go in slaying

Racine attorney Mark Richards - who represents Ghani - maintained Tuesday that his client didn't commit the slaying. He said Ghani's arrest was based on the "unreliable claims of white supremacist witnesses who picked out the first black man they saw."

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