Open and Shut Podcast

By Wisconsin Watch and Wisconsin Public Radio

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Prosecutors are the most powerful people in the American criminal justice system. "Open and Shut" is a narrative, seven-part investigative series following two district attorneys in Wisconsin's Fox Valley and their impact on victims, the accused and the justice system.

Episode Date
Ep. 7: The Scandal

As Outagamie County district attorney, Biskupic let potential defendants buy their way out of trouble. As a judge, he offered deals that fell in a 'gray area' of the law.

May 18, 2022
Ep. 6: The List

One of Outagamie County District Attorney Vince Biskupic’s cases involved a rewritten police report; another, an exoneration.

May 11, 2022
Ep. 5: The Circus

A possible Miranda violation, a missing taped "confession," and an improperly charged girlfriend among the flaws in Vince Biskupic’s case. 

May 04, 2022
Ep. 4: The Witness

In 2019, Wisconsin Watch received a tip about a case. It alleged that the prosecutor, Outagamie County District Attorney Vince Biskupic, had withheld information about a key witness — a young woman who got some help, monetary and otherwise, from the police. That assistance was never disclosed to the defense. It’s part of a pattern seen in some other high-profile cases prosecuted by Biskupic, according to an investigation by Wisconsin Watch and WPR. 

Apr 27, 2022
Ep. 1: The Fire

The Outagamie County case featured District Attorney Vince Biskupic who called one of his key witnesses 'credible' — then charged him with perjury 10 days later.

Apr 20, 2022
Ep. 2: The Golden Boy

Joe Paulus's time as Winnebago County district attorney involved taking bribes, allegedly asking an officer to lie on the stand and bragging about having sex in his office.

Apr 20, 2022
Ep. 3: The Hit Plot

The Wisconsin case was tainted by secret tapes, unreliable witnesses and a supposed "hit" plot against Winnebago County District Attorney Joe Paulus.

Apr 20, 2022
Open and Shut: Coming April 20

"Open and Shut" explores the dangers of allowing the power of the prosecutor to go unchecked. The seven-part investigative series follows two district attorneys in Wisconsin’s Fox Valley and their impact on victims, the accused and the justice system.

Apr 01, 2022