Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Defense of liberty should face no obstacles

Anthony Cotton posted at Wisconsin Law Journal.
"In criminal actions, Wisconsin law prohibits defense attorneys from signing their own subpoenas. They must instead request that the judge sign them. Those are the rules that have been established when one’s liberty is at stake.

"The rules are different when money is involved. While civil practitioners have similar jury trial rights, they also possess quite a few additional tools.

"Civil lawyers can depose witnesses, thereby learning the details of their trial testimony. Civil lawyers also can send out interrogatories and, unlike defense attorneys, can sign subpoenas for witnesses without advance judicial approval."