- Associated Press - Sunday, August 17, 2014
Prosecutor seeks delayed trial in 2007 killing

APPLETON, Wis. (AP) - A judge is expected to decide Monday whether to delay the trial or dismiss the charges for a woman in the shooting death of her former domestic partner nearly seven years ago now that a key witness is refusing to testify.

Lara Plamann was found shot to death in October of 2007 in a shed near the Greenville home she shared with Dianna Siveny. The 55-year-old Sivney, her 30-year-old daughter, Kandi Siveny, of St. Paul, Minnesota, and another woman were charged last year with first-degree intentional homicide.

Dianna Siveny is due to stand trial Aug. 25, but Outagamie County District Attorney Carrie Schneider is seeking a delay, Post-Crescent Media reported Sunday (http://post.cr/1o2KUT3http://post.cr/1o2KUT3 ).

Schneider told the court she learned late last month that the third defendant, Rosie Campbell, 39, of St. Paul, plans to refuse to testify. Campbell plans to assert her constitutional right against self-incrimination even if she’s offered immunity from prosecution.

“The testimony of Rosie Campbell is an important component and necessity in the prosecution of this defendant,” Schneider said in a filing last week.

Dianna Siveny was Plamann’s longtime domestic partner. Kandi Siveny is accused of fatally shooting Plamann after her mother allegedly offered Campbell $5,000 to carry out the killing. According to the complaint, Plamann and Dianna Siveny had been together since 1998, but Dianna Siveny believed that Plamann had an affair with another woman a few weeks before the killing. Campbell’s confession in February 2013 resulted in the Sivenys’ arrests.

If Judge Nancy Krueger won’t delay the trial, the prosecutor said she’ll ask her to dismiss the charges without prejudice so she could re-file them later.

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Wisconsin man charged with killing wife in 1984

STEVENS POINT, Wis. (AP) - Portage County prosecutors have charged a 55-year-old Wisconsin Rapids man in the 1984 shooting death of his wife.

Pamela Reinwand died of a wound to the head at her Plover home in May 1984. Her husband, Joseph Reinwand, told deputies then that she committed suicide over an argument after a night at a bar.

Joseph Reinwand, who’s in prison on unrelated burglary charges, was charged Thursday with first-degree murder. He’s due for his initial appearance on the new charge Tuesday. Online court records don’t list an attorney.

Daily Tribune Media report (http://wrtnews.co/1uJXPBzhttp://wrtnews.co/1uJXPBz ) he’s already due to stand trial Oct. 20 on a separate charge in Wood County in the 2008 shooting death of 35-year-old Dale Meister, of Wisconsin Rapids. Evidence in that case led authorities to revisit the wife’s death.

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Information from: Daily Tribune Media, http://www.wisconsinrapidstribune.comhttp://www.wisconsinrapidstribune.com

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Medicaid expansion would save Wisconsin $206M

MADISON, Wis. (AP) - Wisconsin Democrats are keeping the pressure on Republican Gov. Scott Walker to expand Medicaid eligibility with a new report that shows the move would save the state hundreds of millions of dollars over the next three years.

Under the new federal health care law, the federal government would pay the full cost through 2016 of expanding Medicaid to all adults earning 138 percent of the federal poverty level or less, which translates to $16,105 for individuals and $32,913 for families of four. Federal coverage would decrease annually after that before settling at 90 percent in 2020.

The influx of federal aid would have saved Wisconsin $206 million in the current two-year budget if it had expanded Medicaid, the nonpartisan Legislative Fiscal Bureau said in a memo prepared at the request of Sen. Jennifer Shilling, a La Crosse Democrat. If Walker agrees to the expansion in the 2015-17 state budget, the move would save the state between $261 million and $315 million depending on enrollment, it said.

Shilling said in a statement that Walker’s refusal to accept the federal money was hurting Wisconsin residents.

“Putting partisan politics over people’s lives is one of the reasons that families in Wisconsin continue to struggle to make ends meet,” said Shilling, a member of the Legislature’s budget committee. “Too many Wisconsin residents and working families are finding it difficult to get ahead because Republicans have blocked access to affordable health care.”

Walker has defended his decision not to expand, saying he doubts the federal government would honor its commitment to cover the costs. The governor’s spokeswoman, Laurel Patrick, said in an email to The Associated Press that if anyone thinks the debt-saddled federal government won’t renege on its promises “they are not living in reality.”

The Fiscal Bureau’s memo represents another salvo in Democrats’ campaign to pressure governors who have rejected the expansion to reconsider. President Barack Obama’s administration released a report in July saying expansion would improve access to care, contain people’s costs and create jobs. The report said expansion in Wisconsin would mean coverage for another 120,000 people by 2016 and reduce the number of people facing catastrophic out-of-pocket costs or borrowing to pay medical bills.

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Wisconsin media, cities compromise on records

MADISON, Wis. (AP) - Wisconsin open records advocates and municipal leaders have brokered a truce in a fight over police record redactions, creating a request form that allows the public to get clean copies if they reveal who they are and why they want the documents.

The deal is a departure from Wisconsin’s open records law, which does not require either piece of information.

The Wisconsin Newspaper Association and the League of Wisconsin Municipalities, the two groups that crafted the agreement, say it’s meant as a non-binding, stop-gap measure to ensure people can get full reports while a state appeals court sorts out whether federal law mandates the redaction of personal information.

“We don’t like it,” Bill Lueders, president of the Wisconsin Freedom of Information Council, said of the agreement. “They’re making you do something our state records law says you can’t do. (But) it makes a bad situation slightly better.”

Police departments often use motor vehicle records to obtain people’s names, addresses, birthdates and other personal information. More Wisconsin departments have been redacting that information from incident and accident reports before releasing them to avoid violating the 1994 federal Driver’s Privacy Protection Act, which requires states to obtain consent before they release a driver’s personal information.

The redactions began in 2012, when the federal 7th Circuit Court of Appeals ruled the village of Palatine, Illinois, violated the act when it left a parking ticket on resident Jason Senne’s car that listed various pieces of his personal information.

The WNA estimates nearly 80 police departments have adopted policies calling for blacking out all personal information in the wake of the Senne decision. The agencies’ stances have upset open government advocates and made it harder for reporters to add details in news stories and for crime and accident victims to submit insurance claims.

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