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Thursday's winter storm caused some major court cases to be delayed


MADISON, WI (WTAQ) - Thursday’s snowstorm did a number on court calendars throughout Wisconsin.

Some major cases were delayed – the two biggest being in Madison, which got the most snow in the Badger State with 20 inches.

The Fourth District Appellate Court was planning to rule on whether the state’s domestic partner registry is constitutional – but now, we’re not sure when that ruling will come out. The registry gives same-sex couples about one-fifth of the legal benefits of married couples.

Also, a Dane County judge was planning to rule on whether wolf hunters could use dogs for the rest of the current season. The ruling is now scheduled for January 4th – but the state’s inaugural wolf hunt could be over by then.

Meanwhile, some major circuit court cases were also held up. A doctor in Rhinelander was supposed to be sentenced Thursday for possessing child pornography. But Bruce Jacobson will now have to wait until February 14th to find out what his fate will be.

The same thing happened to 81-year-old Elmer Goetsch of Three Lakes, who was accused of recording movies of nude interns working in his home. He was supposed to settle his case with a plea bargain Thursday, but the proceeding was delayed until Valentine’s Day.