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September 15, 1985

A former county judge was found guilty by a Milwaukee jury of fatally stabbing the law partner of a man who defeated the judge for reelection last April. Daniel McDonald, 43, who served as Lafayette County circuit judge for 12 years, had been charged with bludgeoning James Klein, 31, with a metal bar and then stabbing him on June 22 in his law offices in Darlington, Wis. McDonald contended that he stabbed Klein in self-defense, but witnesses who watched the incident through a glass door testified that McDonald was the aggressor. The jury now must rule on whether McDonald was sane at the time of the attack. The trial was moved from Lafayette County to Milwaukee because of pretrial publicity.

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