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Senior Viewpoint

Dick Steinberg has resided in the city of Brookfield for 35 years. He served 34 years as municipal judge and has been an attorney for 50 years. He enjoys tennis, golf, biking and creative writing, which includes legal issues, sports, government and people.

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Let it snow, Let it snow

Yes that's right, let it snow, let it snow. 

If you are looking for a white christmas look no further and there is more coming. 

If like one comment you believe that municipal courts do nothing but sign off on traffic tickets then try city of brookfield.com, wicourts.gov or just click municipal courts and read on and on. Municipal Judges has jurisdiction over all traffic in their locality, incluiding OWI 1st and city ordinance cases adopted by his/her municipality, including drug cases, disorderly conduct, retail theft, battery, vandalism, party to a crime, concealed weapon, fireworks, trespassing, and many other law violations that used to be crimes. In addition there  are special juvenile court sessions held in private pursuant to the law. A municipal judge must participate in continuing judicial education and keep up with the current changes in the laws. In some cases lawyers appear and challenge legal issues which require   written decisions. The judge does not participate in plea bargaining and has the duty to approve and/or disapprove of a stipulation. My practice was to read each stipulation and sometimes conduct a hearing on the legal issue before signing off. The defendant had to show a reason/s for the agreement and the prosecutor must carry the burden of proof for the city.     

This past Sunday I went with my wife to mass at SJV and this was in the booklet Living Faith: 

"We would do well each day to pray for wisdom---not just knowledge but wisdom. Knowledge can accomplish much good, but it can also be used to harm and destroy. Wisdom lives not only in the intellect but in the heart.Wisdom will never do wrong. Wisdom is precious, and the more we have the better the world will be".                               

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