Violence Against Women

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  • Wisconsin's multiple laws to prohibit domestic abusers’ access to firearms are not preempted by the federal Communications Decency Act.
  • Addressed whether state-supported shelters for domestic violence that do not admit adult men violate equal protection or other rights of men.
  • Addressed the constitutionality of the Violence Against Women Act civil rights remedy. The decision was overruled, in part, by the Supreme Court's decision in U.S. v. Morrison.
  • Prosecuting a stalker under VAWA for violating a restraining order against him and crossing state lines to access his victim.
  • Determined whether municipalities can be held liable for hiring employees who injure someone.
  • Determined the use of the discovery rule to extend the statute of limitations in childhood incest cases.
  • Determined whether the federal domestic violence misdemeanor gun ban law—the Lauternberg Amendment—requires a domestic relationship between the offender and the victim.
  • Concerning the NYC Police Department’s practice of refusing to arrest men who beat their wives and family court clerks refusing to allow battered women to seek Orders of Protection against their husbands.
  • Determined whether a defendant forfeits the Sixth Amendment Confrontation Clause right where defendant’s wrongful act caused witness’s unavailability.
  • Challenged the distinction between minor, or “de minimus,” and “classic” incidents of domestic violence.
  • Determined the constitutionality of the Violence Against Women Act's civil rights remedy.
  • Determined whether the prosecution of a domestic violence victim for murdering her husband was impermissibly tainted by the prosecution's baseless suggestions that she worked as a prostitute.

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