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Eric Koula's defense team is preparing to appeal his murder conviction...
The defense attorneys are speaking publicly for the first time since Wednesday's verdict, when a jury found Koula guilty of killing his parents at their Barre Mills home in May of 2010. Attorney Keith Belzer says the motion to appeal will wait until after the sentencing in August. While the prosecution argued that Koula shot his parents to get money, the defense said Koula loved his mother and father, and was not in financial trouble. Belzer says Koula is 'devastated' by the verdict, and the attorneys still believe Koula is innocent.
It's being called a win for Americans and President Obama. The Surpreme Court ruling today ruling upholding most of Obama's health care reforms. Outside the Supreme Court Chambers this morning...............................
Meanwhile, Governor Scott Walker says Wisconsin will not proceed with implementing the federal health care overhaul despite the U.S. Supreme Court upholding the central part of the federal law.
In what's being called a dramatic victory for President Barack Obama, the Supreme Court upheld the 2010 health care law Thursday, preserving Obama’s landmark legislative achievement. Congressman, Ron Kind, says just because the Supreme Court made a ruling doesn't mean that democrats and republicans can't work together to make the law work.
The decision Thursday virtually guarantees the health care law will remain at the forefront of the 2012 campaign.
Twenty-six states, including Wisconsin, went to court to say individuals cannot be forced to have insurance, a product they may neither want nor need. And they argued that if that provision is unconstitutional, the entire law must go. Well the law stays for now according to the Surpreme Court, In Wisconins, Governor Scott Walker, has vowed not to implement it until after the November elections. The governor hopes the next president and Congress will repeal the law. Not good enough says Erpenbach.
Critics say the provision gives the government too much power over what they say should be a personal economic decision.
La Crosse state lawmaker, Jill Billings, has been chosen as an up-and-coming
leader by her peers to participate in a training program designed to
further develop leadership skills, and
Since 1995 more than 575 lawmakers have graduated from the Bowhay Institute, including Senator Jennifer Shilling, who attended in 2001.