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Appeals court upholds Forestville man's child sex assault conviction

WAUSAU, WI (WTAQ) - A northeast Wisconsin man tried but failed to use a judge’s newspaper remarks to get out of a 25 year prison sentence.

Brown County Circuit Judge Sue Bischel told the Green Bay Press-Gazette last year that criminals have little character, and she was getting angry with people because they don’t change.

The next day, she sentenced 49-year-old John Broadnax of Forestville on a felony child sex assault conviction with a victim under 13.

Broadnax claimed that the newspaper article proved that Bischel was biased against him. The Third District Appeals Court in Wausau didn’t buy it.

The judges said a reasonable person would not interpret what Bischel said as being biased against defendants.

Besides, the court said she was referring to repeat offenders – not those like Broadnax who did not have a case in her court previously.