It was the routine in the St. Croix, Wisconsin county jail. Three times a week a mental health worker would go to the cells of inmates considered to be at risk of committing suicide to assess their state of mind and make sure they were OK. The attorney for an inmate accused of murdering his three daughters wants that stopped, claiming the therapist may be gathering information for prosecutors. He has gone to court to demand mental health workers stop trying to talk to his client.
This week Gov. Scott Walker signed seven bills intended to offer better protection for crime victims and make it easier for police to investigate suspects. At least one of the new laws removes a key criminal defense protection.
Police arrested two young Wisconsin men on felony charges after a 100 mph car chase earlier this month that extended through several counties. The two arrestees, who are ages 18 and 20, were charged with felony offenses stemming from allegedly breaking and entering.