Wisconsin rape kits generate 560 DNA matches, half from new potential suspects

Wisconsin authorities have identified at least 560 DNA matches by analyzing evidence from sexual assault kits that had been left untested for years, according to new state figures. The DNA matches include 224 “cold hits” pointing investigators to people who weren’t previously named as suspects in sexual assault cases. > Appleton Post Crescent

Schimel disputes ad claiming he was soft on child molesters

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Attorney General Brad Schimel’s campaign pushed back Thursday against a Democratic ad portraying him as soft on child molesters, which claims that when Schimel was a Waukesha County prosecutor, he repeatedly cut plea deals with child molesters, blamed underage sexual assault victims and offered a plea deal after a defendant’s attorney contributed to his campaign. > AP News

Coffee with the Candidates: Josh Kaul

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Democrat Josh Kaul is challenging Brad Schimel for the job as Wisconsin’s attorney general, who he says has failed Wisconsin residents on key safety issues. He’s also a supporter of legalizing medical marijuana. Watch the 90-second clip of Kaul’s conversation with ABC 12 Milwaukee.

New ad accuses Schimel of being soft on child molesters

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The ad alleges that when Schimel was a Waukesha County prosecutor, he repeatedly cut plea deals with child molesters, blamed underage sexual assault victims for having bad judgment and agreed to a plea deal with a man who was caught with child pornography after the man’s attorney gave Schimel’s campaign thousands of dollars. > AP News

Lawmakers propose 72-hour mandate to submit rape testing kits

State lawmakers say they’re considering putting forth a bill to make testing sexual assault kits more uniform across the state. Those kits are used to analyze evidence in sexual assault cases. Earlier this year, Attorney General Brad Schimel announced the state finished testing a backlog of thousands of kits. > ABC 2 Green Bay

Tammy Baldwin’s official statement on Kavanaugh’s FBI investigation

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My concerns that Judge Kavanaugh was hand-picked by powerful special interests and that he would overturn the law of the land on health care for people with pre-existing conditions and women’s reproductive health have not changed. > Urban Milwaukee

18 UW-Madison law professors sign petition declaring Senate should not confirm Kavanaugh

Twelve University of Wisconsin-Madison Law School professors signed a nationwide petition asking the United States Senate not to confirm Judge Brett Kavanaugh into the Supreme Court. The Wisconsin professors are among the more than 2,400 law school professors throughout the country who chose to sign. > Channel 3000