Saturday, November 3, 2012

Associated Press Published: November 2, 2012
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Attorneys for the other officers argued Friday that the charges should be dismissed because what their clients are accused of doing — sometimes just being present at searches — doesn't rise to the threshold of party-to-a-crime liability.

District Attorney John Chisholm argued that the officers' mere presence, on duty, reasserted to the suspects that they were not free to leave and had to comply with the searches.

The judge denied the motions to dismiss the complaint, the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reported (http://bit.ly/SzbghM). The four officers remain on paid leave. Arraignment is set for Nov. 15.

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APPLETON, Wis. (AP) — A Wisconsin man accused of fatally shooting his mother so he could collect on her life insurance policy has been convicted.

The Appleton Post-Crescent (http://post.cr/TZjMFf) reports that 35-year-old Randal Rosenthal was found guilty Friday night of first-degree intentional homicide. The charge carries a life prison sentence.

Rosenthal claimed that his mother, 52-year-old Kathleen Remter, was fine when he last saw her after they went fishing in Buchanan.

But prosecutors say he killed his mother to collect on her $586,000 life insurance policy. Prosecutors say Rosenthal was unemployed and expecting his second child at the time.

His mother was found dead in the Fox River in July 2011. Investigators say she'd been shot in the back of the head.

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Information from: The Post-Crescent, http://www.postcrescent.comhttp://www.postcrescent.com

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WEST ALLIS, Wis. (AP) — Gov. Scott Walker has one wish for his 45th birthday — for Wisconsin to help elect Mitt Romney the nation's 45th president.

Walker spoke at a Romney rally Friday in the Milwaukee suburb of West Allis. After a rousing ovation, the crowd of at least 1,000 sang "Happy Birthday" to the governor.

Walker was elected on his 43rd birthday. He told the crowd that on this birthday, he doesn't want gifts or cards — he wants volunteers to work hard to get out the vote for Romney.

He joked that since the Wisconsin Badgers don't have a game on Saturday, volunteers have no excuse not to work hard then too.

Walker also noted that he's Wisconsin's 45th governor, and that Romney could be America's 45th president.