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Former district attorney reprimanded for conduct

March 7, 2019

SIREN, Wis. (AP) — A former Wisconsin prosecutor has been reprimanded by state officials for pursuing female defendants.

The Office of Lawyer Regulation accuses William Norine of violating professional conduct rules during his time as Burnett County district attorney.

In one case, regulators said Norine had lunch with a woman his office was prosecuting. In another case, Norine told a female defendant she was a “wonderful beautiful person” who inspired him. The reprimand says he also offered to pay her phone bill if she “had time to meet.”

Norine said in an email that he never meant anyone harm and did not contest the reprimand, which carries no fines or penalties.

The Office of Lawyer Regulation is an agency of the Wisconsin Supreme Court. It reviews grievances relating to lawyer conduct.