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Spare The Rod, Spoil The Child, Spurn The Indictment?

Adrian Peterson's recent indictment for child abuse has sparked national controversy regarding the use of physical discipline, and has raised the legitimate question of when--if ever--physical discipline is appropriate? The opinions have been pouring in from far and wide, ranging from Sean Hannity's defense of using a belt for spanking, to Chris Carter's impassioned plea against any form of physical discipline. Just as there appears to be no clear-cut line between discipline and child abuse in the court of public opinion, there is no clear distinction between the two in the court of law.

What is a Preliminary Hearing?

When a person is charged with one or more felonies in Wisconsin, he is entitled by statute to a proceeding called a preliminary hearing or preliminary examination (often referred to as a "prelim"). People often ask us what happens at a preliminary hearing or what the purpose of a preliminary hearing is.

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