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Sunday, September 24, 2023

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 Attorneys Marilyn Townsend and Jill Karofsky are competing for a Dane County judge seat in Tuesday’s municipal election.

Marilyn Townsend, Jill Karofsky vie for Dane County judge seat

Both candidates vying for a Dane County judge seat have said they will spend the two-year term serving individuals who are disadvantaged in the justice system, each insisting that their background prepares them best for the job. Two attorneys—Marilyn Townsend and Jill Karofsky—are competing to fill the seat for Branch 12 of the Dane County Circuit Court. Townsend spent 30 years as a union and civil rights lawyer before being elected for three terms as a municipal judge for the Village of Shorewood Hills.

Madison Police Department Chief Mike Koval could have the legal fees he accumulated in a case filed by the grandmother of Tony Robinson covered by the city.

Local officials to consider paying MPD chief’s legal fees

Whether taxpayers will foot the bill for legal fees racked up in a case against Madison Police Department Police Chief Mike Koval is set to be decided by local officials in an upcoming meeting, after the city finance committee voted in favor of doing so Monday. Between Sept. 6, 2016 through March 15, 2017 Koval spent $21,953 to hire a defense lawyer, after three separate complaints from community members were filed against him.

Madison Police Department Chief Mike Koval was cited for misconduct by the Police and Fire Commission Wednesday, after calling the grandmother of Tony Robinson—a teen shot and killed by an MPD officer in 2015—a “raging lunatic.”

MPD chief faces reprimand, no disciplinary action following ‘raging lunatic’ comment

Madison Police Department Chief Mike Koval was reprimanded but will not face any disciplinary actions after calling the grandmother of Tony Robinson—a teen fatally shot by an officer in 2015—a “raging lunatic,” according to a decision reached Tuesday by the Board of Police and Fire Commissioners. The decision came after Sharon Irwin, Robinson’s grandmother, and Shadayra Kilfoy-Flores, a friend of Irwin’s, asked PFC to suspend Koval.


Madison police looking for alleged theft suspects shown in surveillance footage

Madison police released surveillance footage Wednesday of several men thought to be stealing items from cars parked in a downtown parking garage. The theft incidents, which occurred on the 800 block of East Washington Avenue, were reported Tuesday morning. Police have not yet said how many vehicles were broken into or what was taken from them. Anyone with information can contact Madison Area Crime Stoppers at 608-266-6014.

Alec Cook's first trial is set to begin on Feb. 26 and will cover six of the more serious charges. 

Alec Cook’s attorneys land thousands of pages of previously unseen evidence

Attorneys of suspended UW-Madison student Alec Cook are set to receive at least 2,800 pages of police reports and other evidence previously undisclosed by the prosecution, after an emergency motion was filed Friday requesting release of the material. Cook’s attorneys, Christopher Van Wagner and Jessa Nicholson, requested in the motion that the state turn over the following:any physical evidence that the state intends to use at trial, a list of witnesses that would be called at trial, a written summary of videotaped or recorded written and oral statements made by Cook and the witnesses, including emails, text messages or any other form of electronic messages, as well as a summary of any expert’s testimony. “This allows us, in this and every other case, to see what they have and then do our own follow-up investigation,” Van Wagner told The Daily Cardinal in an email.

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