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Prominent Madison attorney placed in 1st offender's program

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MADISON (WKOW) -- A prominent Madison attorney has been placed in a first offender's program, after authorities say he drunkenly used a cane to beat his wife.

In a plea agreement, Daniel Rottier took responsibility for the battery, and has the chance to have a misdemeanor charge dismissed, if he successfully completes the terms of the program.

In remarks to the judge, Rottier apologized to his wife, family, and colleagues in the legal profession. Rottier attributed his actions to alcohol-use brought on by the stress of dealing with cancer. Authorities say Rottier's blood alcohol level was .13 at the time of the incident.

Judge William Hanrahan referred to the prosecutor's willingness to enter into the plea agreement as a "merciful gesture," and said Rottier should take advantage of this opportunity to avoid a criminal conviction and restore stability in his life.

Rottier's arrest led the campaign of democratic gubernatorial candidate Mary Burke to convert a $4,500 contribution from Rottier to a charitable donation, and pledge it to a group that supports victims of domestic abuse.
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