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Some Wis. attorneys keep license after convictions


MILWAUKEE (AP) -- At least 135 attorneys with criminal convictions continue to practice law in Wisconsin, including some who were able to keep licenses while serving time and others who got them back before their probation ended.

That's according to an investigation published Sunday in the Journal Sentinel of Milwaukee. The paper found lawyers currently practicing who have felony or misdemeanor convictions for fraud, theft, battery and repeat drunken driving.

One child-sex offender got probation for his crime but never lost his license, while one politician convicted in a check-kiting scheme was reprimanded but kept his license.

The newspaper's review found overall, lawyers convicted of crimes are subject to a disciplinary process from their own profession that is slow-moving and operates largely behind closed doors.

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