Author Archive for Michael M. O'Hear

Violence in the Heartland, Part VI: Cities Within the City

Saturday, April 19th, 2014
Category: Criminal Law & Process, Milwaukee, Poverty & Law, Public | 1 Comment »

My most recent posts in this series have compared violent crime data from different cities. However, focusing on a single crime-rate number from a city may mask wide neighborhood-to-neighborhood variations ... Read more »

Violence in the Heartland, Part V: Wisconsin’s Cities

Monday, April 7th, 2014
Category: Criminal Law & Process, Public, Wisconsin Criminal Law & Process | 1 Comment »

Since 1985, Wisconsin's seven largest cities have followed markedly different paths in their rates of reported violent crime.  Two, Waukesha and Appleton, have consistently had lower rates than the state ... Read more »

Imprisonment Inertia and Public Attitudes Toward Truth in Sentencing

Monday, March 31st, 2014
Category: Criminal Law & Process, Legal Scholarship, Public, Wisconsin Criminal Law & Process | No Comments »

I've posted a number of times about the interesting results of the Marquette Law School Poll regarding the attitudes of Wisconsin voters toward truth in sentencing and early release from prison (e.g., here and here). ... Read more »

Violence in the Heartland, Part IV–The Biggest Losers (and Gainers)

Saturday, February 22nd, 2014
Category: Criminal Law & Process, Milwaukee, Public | No Comments »

Among the eleven biggest Midwestern cities, Chicago has experienced the largest drop in homicide rates over the past quarter-century, while Cincinnati has experienced the largest increase.  The other nine cities ... Read more »

Violence in the Heartland, Part III: City Trends

Sunday, January 26th, 2014
Category: Criminal Law & Process, Legal History, Milwaukee, Public, Wisconsin Criminal Law & Process | No Comments »

In earlier posts (here and here), I have explored state-level violence trends since 1960 in the seven midwestern states of Iowa, Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Minnesota, Ohio, and Wisconsin.  This post ... Read more »

Violence in the Heartland, 1960-2012–Part Two: Crime Wave or Aggravated Assault Wave?

Monday, January 13th, 2014
Category: Criminal Law & Process, Legal History, Public | No Comments »

In the first post in this series, I described overall violent crime trends in the seven Midwestern states since 1960. In all of the states except for Wisconsin, the basic ... Read more »

“The Past Is a Foreign Country” — Or Is It?

Sunday, December 15th, 2013
Category: Criminal Law & Process, Legal History, Legal Scholarship, Marquette Law School, Public, Wisconsin Criminal Law & Process | 1 Comment »

I’ve recently finished reading Dean Strang’s fascinating new book, “Worse Than the Devil: Anarchists, Clarence Darrow, and Justice in a Time of Terror.”  The book recounts the story of a ... Read more »

Violence in the Heartland, 1960-2012–Part One

Monday, December 2nd, 2013
Category: Criminal Law & Process, Legal History, Public, Wisconsin Criminal Law & Process | No Comments »

Despite their geographical proximity and economic and cultural similarities, the states of the Midwest have had very different rates of violent crime over the past five decades.  Moreover, through periods ... Read more »

Truth in Sentencing and Early Release: A Follow Up

Wednesday, November 20th, 2013
Category: Criminal Law & Process, Public, Wisconsin Criminal Law & Process | 1 Comment »

Last week, I spoke on truth in sentencing at Marquette Law School as part of Mike Gousha’s “On the Issues” series.  My PowerPoint slides and a video of the event ... Read more »

Nancy King to Speak at Marquette on Punishment for Repeat Offenders

Monday, November 4th, 2013
Category: Criminal Law & Process, Public, Speakers at Marquette | No Comments »

I'm looking forward to this year's Barrock Lecture on Criminal Law, which will be delivered by Professor Nancy King of Vanderbilt Law School on November 18.  King has long been ... Read more »

Nationally, Police Get Good Marks From Citizens; Locally, We’ll Soon Find Out

Sunday, November 3rd, 2013
Category: Criminal Law & Process, Milwaukee, Public, Race & Law | 1 Comment »

Last week, the Milwaukee Fire and Police Commission announced that it would conduct its first survey of citizen satisfaction with the police.  The results should provide us with helpful new ways ... Read more »

Thoughts on the Holder Address: Two Cheers for the New Paradigm

Saturday, October 26th, 2013
Category: Criminal Law & Process, Federal Criminal Law & Process, Federal Sentencing, Public | 1 Comment »

In August, Attorney General Eric Holder delivered a widely noted address to the American Bar Association that seemed to promise significant changes in federal prosecutorial policies.  I wrote these reactions for the Federal ... Read more »