October 30, 2013

Judge reads the local newspaper, gets second thoughts.

Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reports:
A Milwaukee County judge had permitted the rare use of Wisconsin's "Delayed Registration of Marriage" in allowing the man, George Poniewaz, to avoid a charge that he had committed benefits fraud by getting years of health insurance for someone who wasn't his wife. The judge's ruling was issued after the woman died.

But after he read Poniewaz's convoluted back story in the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, Circuit Judge Kevin Martens, who signed the registration, expressed serious second thoughts....

5 comments:

Matthew Sablan said...

Huh. I always just assumed judges who made decisions were sequestered like juries were. I never really thought of how that could never work to sequester them FOREVER, but after this, I realize how silly my thoughts were.

MadisonMan said...

Is the failure to present all the facts a pretty damning oversight on the part of the DA? Why do they get paid on the public dime if they can't even find facts.

EDH said...

If you like your coverage, you can keep it.

Peter said...

Without a marriage license there's no public record, and therefore to some extent the Court must rely on Poniewas' testimony.

But I don't understand how Poniewaz has any credibility left. He's heaped lies on top of lies, and then lied about lying until he said he wasn't...

Why would anyone (let alone a court of law) believe anything he says?

Jupiter said...

I believe FDR remarked on this phenomenon.