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01.04.13 | Legally Speaking: Shortage of Assistant District Attorneys
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Walters, Steve
01.04.13 | Legally Speaking: Shortage of Assistant District Attorneys
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The decades-long shortage of assistant district attorneys has meant that fewer misdemeanor crimes are being filed, more crimes are being referred to municipal courts, and crime victims receive less help,  two district attorneys and the president of the Wisconsin Victim Assistance Professionals said in the January edition of Legally Speaking. Adam Gerol, Ozaukee County DA and president of the Wisconsin District Attorneys Association; Waukesha County DA Brad Schimel and Jefferson County Victim Assistance Coordinator said they are more hopeful than ever that Gov. Scott Walker and legislators will authorize more prosecutors and agree to raise the salaries for current assistants. A first-year ADA earns about $49,000 and, after several years on the job, will only be paid $52,000, Schimel said.