WSLL @ Your Service April 2004
An E-publication of the Wisconsin State Law Library
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Legal Research Tip o’ the Month
A: Both the Wisconsin Court System and State Bar of Wisconsin websites provide free access to Supreme Court opinions dating from September 1995 and Court of Appeals opinions dating from June 1995. Opinions are available the day of release. Links to both sites appear on our Wisconsin Law page under Supreme Court and Court of Appeals. You can access opinions by docket number, party name or date. Keyword searching is also available.
If the only information you have is a Wisconsin Reports or North Western Reporter cite, and the opinion was issued mid-1995 or later, use the WSCCA.i database to access it. Enter the citation in the appropriate search boxes, and when the case summary displays, click on the History tab in the upper right corner. Find and click on the Supreme Court and/or Court of Appeals “Opinion” entry, and a “View Opinion” link will display in the shaded area below.
Lexisone.com provides free access to the latest 5 years’ worth of Wisconsin caselaw (currently back to 1998) and offers both credit card and subscription access to deeper databases. Westlaw offers similar credit card payment and subscription options, and Loislaw offers subscription access, a free trial and, at an additional cost, online access to many State Bar of Wisconsin CLE titles. The Wisconsin State Law Library and the Milwaukee and Dane County Legal Resource Centers provide free onsite access to Loislaw, and also to Shepard’s Public Access, which allows case retrieval by citation and options for printing, faxing or emailing the results. Users pay only for any printouts made.
The State Law Library also has print copies of all opinions issued by the Wisconsin Court of Appeals and Supreme Court, as well as other states’ appellate courts and the federal courts. Library users may make photocopies onsite, or we can send copies through our document delivery service. Our reference staff can also perform customized searches using the caselaw databases of LexisNexis and Westlaw. For more information on these services, see our Document Delivery webpage or contact our Reference Desk.
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Three Simple Steps to Computer Security
1. Update software on a regular basis. Hackers are always finding holes in operating systems and software. Manufacturers are continually releasing patches to plug those holes. Keep up to date with security fixes by visiting sites such as Microsoft’s Security and Privacy Homepage. See their article “Updating your Microsoft Software”. See also Mac’s OS X update page.
2. Install and update antivirus software. Many new computers come with antivirus software but it’s up to you to continue the subscription and establish an updating schedule. For a recent review on antivirus software options see PC World’s “Extra Suite Virus and Spam Protection” For free alternatives, see “Free Antivirus – Finally Ready for Primetime,” also from PC World.
3. Install a firewall. Firewalls are a must if you use an Internet connection that is always on, such as DSL or cable. See “Ultimate Network Security: Everything You Need to Know About Selecting and Installing a Firewall for Your PC or Network”.
For more information about security on your home computer or home network see CERT Coordination Center’s Home Network Security and Home Computer Security. See also How to Protect Your Home PC by Indiana University and Simple Steps to Protect Your PC by McAfee Security.
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Odds 'n' Endings -- Connie Von Der Heide
Report it…All of it! In IRS Publication 525, Taxable and Nontaxable Income, the following item appears on page 28, under Other Income: “Illegal income, such as stolen or embezzled funds, must be included in your income on line 21 of Form 1040, or on Schedule C or Schedule C–EZ (Form 1040) if from your self-employment activity.”
Easter Sunday is April 11 this year, but next year it’s March 27, and in 2006 it’s April 16. The dates of Passover also change from year to year. Have you ever wondered why, or how the dates are determined? Find the answers at these U.S. Naval Observatory webpages for Easter and Passover.
On April 19, 1967, John Lennon, Paul McCartney, George Harrison and Ringo Starr - aka "The Beatles" - signed a partnership deed agreeing that the group would continue for a (further) period of ten years. When The Beatles split up three years later, Paul applied to have the partnership terminated and a receiver appointed. Read a legal analysis of Paul McCartney’s 1970 lawsuit against John, George and Ringo.
Notables for April
April 2 International Children’s Book Day, celebrated annually since 1967, on or around Hans Christian Andersen’s birthday
April 15 Income Tax Day. Still need help with your return? Visit 1040 Central.
April 21 Administrative Professionals Day
April 22 International Special Librarians Day
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