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Man with cancer faces felony charges for medicating with marijuana

While some states have enacted legislation to legalize marijuana use for certain medical conditions, other states still consider the drug illegal. Currently, 23 states along with Washington D.C. have legalized the plant for the medical treatment of certain diseases. Earlier this year, Wisconsin and Iowa, along with a small list of other states, approved a bill allowing limited legal marijuana use for small children who suffer from seizures. People who are using cannabis to treat other medical conditions, however, may face drug charges for illegal possession of the drug.

A recent case has caused a national outcry as an Iowa man suffering from cancer may spend up to three years in prison for possession of marijuana. The man was using the substance as an alternative to undergoing chemotherapy treatment for his angiosarcoma. Since Iowa law does not allow medical marijuana use for cancer patients, the man faces felony charges.

False rape accusations can wreak havoc on people’s lives

Although there are two sides to every story, when someone claims to have been raped or sexually assaulted, it may be difficult to disprove those allegations. There have multiple legal cases throughout the years involving Wisconsin men and women who have falsely accused another person of a sex crime, simply to seek revenge or inflict punishment on someone. Not only do these accusations hurt the life and reputation of the innocent person who is accused of a crime, but it can create disbelief in subsequent outcries of rape in the future.

Such a situation occurred in Washington when a reputable program manager for Microsoft was falsely accused of rape. A woman who worked in the same building as the man was thought to be seeking worker’s compensation funds for trauma she stated came from the rape incident. The woman claimed that the man took advantage of her as she was cleaning his office. The man’s story indicated that the woman explicitly asked for a sexual confrontation and that the act was consensual. He was then charged with second-degree rape and spent one day in jail before posting bail.

Teen said to endanger juvenile inmates held in solitary confinement

The teenage brain is often considered a mystery. Multiple studies prove that while the brain is continually developing throughout adolescence and into young adulthood, some areas of the brain are quicker to develop than others. Teenagers who fall victim to abuse while growing up have extended complications involving neurological development. Babies and children who are loved and nurtured tend to develop strong emotional and empathetic neurological pathways, while abused children develop a lack of empathy to help them cope with their negative surroundings. Wisconsin psychologists acknowledge that the extent of this brain damage varies depending on the type of abuse inflicted and the duration of the abuse. Abused individuals have an increased risk of committing juvenile crimes.

A young man who had been abused by his father committed a brutal crime and has been moved to a secluded cell in an adult prison for holding. Officials fear that he poses a significant threat to other juveniles in the facility where he was being held. Although he was originally sent to the juvenile facility because the detention center better met his needs, the judge ordered him to solitary confinement in the adult jail. The 14-year-old’s guardian and public defender are fighting to keep him at the detention center.

Case involving vehicular manslaughter while intoxicated lacks evidence

When police officers detain someone on suspicion of driving under the influence of alcohol, they often administer a Breathalyzer test or field sobriety test to the suspect on site. These tests help Wisconsin officers determine whether or not the suspect is driving with a blood alcohol concentration that is over the legal limit. If the proper protocol is not followed, or if the officers do not find enough evidence to hold the driver on DUI charges, they are often forced to let them go. When the DUI crime involves the death of another driver, evidence becomes even more crucial in the case.

In California, a teen accused of driving while under the influence of drugs is being detained on charges of gross vehicular manslaughter while intoxicated, although there is virtually no evidence shown to link him with a DUI. Some are wondering if the unfortunate accident was purely a vehicle accident or involved the negligence of another driver. The man’s bail stands at $130,000 until his court date later this month.

Evansville man robs pharmacy while out on bail for armed robbery

There is no question that abusive drug use has a substantial impact on many people’s lives. Countless studies have found that drug addiction is indeed a disease, and can dramatically alter normal brain functioning. In the United States, prescription drug abuse outnumbers abuse of illegal drugs, such as cocaine, heroin and meth. While some addicts obtain prescriptions from legal professionals to feed their compulsive habits, others consort to theft as a way to obtain prescription drugs.

An Evansville man, who was released on bail for multiple armed robbery charges, was caught after robbing a Health Mart pharmacy in Mount Horeb. An employee witnessed the robbery and followed the suspect, who was running to his bike. The employee detained the suspect until Mount Horeb police arrived on the scene. As the man fought with the police officer, he tried desperately to swallow the prescription narcotics that he had stolen from the pharmacy.

18-year-old Mukwonago linebacker faces prison time for rape

The definition of a relationship can be interpreted differently from person to person. While some relationships are based on an emotional connection, others can be identified as purely sexual in nature. Regardless of a past connection, mixed signals and miscommunication can lead to disastrous events.

A young 18-year-old linebacker from Mukwonago and former University of Wisconsin football recruit was completely surprised to hear that the jury found him guilty of third-degree sexual assault. The case seemed unclear as to whether a sexual encounter between the man and a woman from his hometown was indeed consensual. The two had been involved in a sexual relationship previously; however, the woman said that she had asked the man to stop during this particular sexual incident. She stated that the man did not stop for some time after her request.

Woman fatally injures ex-boyfriend in an act of domestic violence

Crimes of passion and domestic violence can occur when strong feelings are involved in a relationship. While the majority of these crimes involve female victims and male perpetrators, there are instances where a female acts out in a criminal way against her significant other. Often times, these situations stem from jealousy, or a feeling of rejection. It is said that many domestic violence crimes involving women as the perpetrators go unreported in Wisconsin. There are some instances where a criminal act of domestic violence cannot go unnoticed.

The mother of a 34-year-old man came upon a horrific crime scene involving her son and his ex-girlfriend over Father’s Day weekend. The couple had been having relationship problems and had been separated for a short time prior to the incident. That Saturday, the 29-year-old woman made the devastating decision to fatally injure her ex-boyfriend with a bullet to the back of the head, as well as one to her own.

WI man accepts plea deal in deadly heroin DUI case

Millions of Americans, including many Wisconsin residents, fall under the spell of heroin each year. The drug’s far reaching effects have the power to transform the lives of those who become addicted to it. Although anyone is at risk for falling victim to heroin’s powerful command, teenagers and young adults are especially vulnerable. Multiple studies have shown that key components of a young adult’s brain have not yet fully developed. This may result in poor decision making skills and the inability to foresee the consequences of their behaviors.

One young man remembers very little of what happened one fateful evening in October of 2013. He does remember, however, using heroin before getting behind the wheel of his car. That decision led to the death of one Chicago man and the serious, life-changing injuries of a second man. The 26-year-old was given a plea deal, which will allow him to serve less time in prison. He will also be given access to a drug and alcohol rehabilitation program while serving his time.

Internet fantasies may be responsible for violent Waukesha stabbing

When it comes to sentencing children for heinous criminal acts, Wisconsin may be one of the strictest in the nation. Multiple studies show that the developing teenage brain lacks the ability to form mature, rational decisions in many situations, and may be quick to engage in aggressive behaviors. Yet, Wisconsin law mandates that children 10 years of age and older who are charged with attempted homicide or homicide be tried as an adult.

This encouraged the court’s decision to try two 12-year-old girls as adults for violently attacking a ‘friend’ in Waukesha Park. The girls stated that they came up with the idea to stab the girl multiple times after persuaded by a fictional internet figure, known as Slenderman. The character was originally created as an online child stalker. One of the offenders was excited to show others that the mysterious Slenderman was actually real.

WI programs give certain criminal offenders a new lease on life

Wisconsin, like many other states in the nation, has a prison system that is at near capacity and may soon be in need of expansion. Hidden amongst this increasing general prison population are those who suffer from chronic mental conditions, as well as first-time heroin offenders who have no prior criminal history. Although criminals who suffer from drug addiction and mental conditions could benefit from treatment and rehabilitation programs, many of them are not given the resources that will allow them to be reintegrated into society.

Brown County has developed a program that will send low-level offenders through an intense rehabilitation process. People who have been convicted of a heroin offense and prisoners that have a controllable medical condition may qualify for these new programs. Although the exact details of the mental health court and heroin court programs are still being arranged, they may be similar to the current Drug Court program, which screens offenders using routine office visits and drug tests. Participants are also required to make a weekly court appearance to monitor their progress.

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