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Appeals court reverses judge's 'tough' sentence

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An appeals court found a St. Croix judge showed "objective bias" when he warned a man that if he violated probation, he would get a stiff sentence and then followed through with the promise.

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In a decision filed Tuesday, the District III Court of Appeals reversed a sentence imposed by Judge Eric Lundell and sent James Robert Thomas, 37, Star Prairie, back to court for resentencing by a different St. Croix County judge.

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Judy Wiff
Judy Wiff has been regional editor for RiverTown’s Wisconsin newspapers since 1996. She holds a bachelor’s degree in journalism and sociology from UW-River Falls. She has worked as a reporter for several weekly newspapers in Wisconsin.
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