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Wisconsin Watch found that as a judge, Vince Biskupic offered stays or furloughs in 31 cases if defendants complied with his conditions, which ranged from education to treatment requirements. Here, he speaks during a 2017 hearing at the Outagamie County Government Center in Appleton, Wis. (Danny Damiani / USA TODAY NETWORK-Wisconsin)

Open and Shut Episode 7 — Deals Vince Biskupic made as a prosecutor and judge raise questions of fairness in Wisconsin’s justice system

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