The judge was not great, and he wasn’t bad. He is a municipal level judge, he did do his homework, he wanted to take time to spell out his reasoning because he was delivering an oral verdict rather than a more detailed, written, annotated verdict. The reason is that he knows this case is almost 100% guaranteed not to end with him. He just wanted to do enough due diligence and citing of case laws to show he has given the issue thought, and be able to give sufficient justification for his verdict. But he knew this was not going to be the final stop for this issue. He wants to make sure nobody can later come back and point to a poorly reasoned verdict by him and overturn him, and for that, I don’t blame him. He did his homework and he came to what most of us believe is the only correct decision he could have, given current Wisconsin law.
And it took more than five minutes. It was about 20-25 minutes worth of reasoning and the verdict.
I’m not too sure that this case isn’t designed to go to the state supreme court. Krause sounds like the perfect test case. Law abiding, carrying on his own property while working peacefully and the neighbor called to inquire about the law, not to report his fear of the gun.
Carry cases in Wisconsin have generally been found in favor of the law abiding armed citizen.
The Hamdan case threw out Wisconsin’s prohibition on CCW in your own home. It would be nice to have a court rule in favor of open carry on your own property.