WI Inmates File “John Doe” Cases Against Officers

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Wisconsin prison inmates are using - and many say abusing - an unusual, 168-year-old law to spark often meritless investigations of correctional officers, tying up courts, and creating new headaches for officers, reports the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. Under the state's John Doe law, citizens can force judges to hold hearings by sending them letters alleging a crime has been committed. The judge must take testimony from the person who sent the letter and any witnesses he or she produces - even if it's immediately clear that the complaint is baseless. Complainants also have the power to subpoena witnesses . . .

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