September case of the month

September case of the month 2019-09-06 13:46:00 The case of the month project provides high school teachers with some of the necessary tools to educate their students about the Wisconsin Supreme Court. Each month, during the Supreme Court’s session, a “teachable” case will be highlighted. It will be chosen from the cases the Court will hear that month. The September case of the month is … Continue reading September case of the month

Free Car Pics!

“Spindle,” a sculpture by Dustin Shuler, towered over a parking lot in Berwyn, Ill., from 1989 to 2008. Photo: Carol M. Highsmith. Carol M. Highsmith Archive, Prints and Photographs Division. Cars cars cars and CARS. It’s the latest installment of our Free to Use and Reuse photo sets, and this month we’re featuring some of the Library’s copyright-free automobile images that you can download and … Continue reading Free Car Pics!

SCOW to address interrogations and equivocal/unequivocal assertions of Miranda rights

State v. Ulanda M. Green, 2018AP1350-CR, petition for review granted 9/3/19; case activity (including briefs) Issues: Whether law enforcement’s “dialogue” with Green amounted to an “interrogation” that should have been preceded by a Miranda warning? Whether Green invoked her right to remain silent when law enforcement asked her if she would like to make a […] Source: WI Public Defenders – On Point SCOW to … Continue reading SCOW to address interrogations and equivocal/unequivocal assertions of Miranda rights

SCOW to address mootness, the due process right interpreters, and other Chapter 51 issues

Waukesha County v. J.J.H., 2018AP168, petition for review granted 9/3/19, case activity Issues:  Whether the mootness doctrine should apply to an appeal from a commitment order? Whether the circuit court violated due process when it held a Chapter 51 probable cause hearing and ordered a 30-day commitment/temporary guardianship/protective placement under §51.67 without providing J.J.H., who is […] Source: WI Public Defenders – On Point SCOW to … Continue reading SCOW to address mootness, the due process right interpreters, and other Chapter 51 issues

COA upholds admission of prior confrontations with police in disorderly conduct trial

State v. Eric L. Vanremortel, 2018AP417, 9/4/19, District 3 (one-judge decision; ineligible for publication); case activity (including briefs) Vanremortel was charged with disorderly conduct for an incident in which he followed the wife of a retired police officer in her car, then repeatedly got out of his own car and shouted at her. The state […] Source: WI Public Defenders – On Point COA upholds … Continue reading COA upholds admission of prior confrontations with police in disorderly conduct trial

Wisconsin wins $35 million to help economically disadvantaged students attend college

MADISON — Wisconsin won a competitive federal grant to provide Gaining Early Awareness and Readiness for Undergraduate Programs (GEAR UP) helping students from economically disadvantaged families prepare for college. Source: Wisconsin Department of Instruction Wisconsin wins million to help economically disadvantaged students attend college Continue reading Wisconsin wins $35 million to help economically disadvantaged students attend college

COA affirms TPR – parent’s claims fall on credibility grounds

State v. T.L.G., 5018AP1291, 9/4/19, District 1 (one-judge decision; ineligible for publication); case activity T.L.G., who is cognitively limited, appeals the termination of her parental rights to her son. During the proceedings below her lawyer requested a competency evaluation; eventually the court appointed T.L.G. a guardian ad litem. T.L.G. ultimately pleaded no-contest to the asserted […] Source: WI Public Defenders – On Point COA affirms … Continue reading COA affirms TPR – parent’s claims fall on credibility grounds

Crowdsourcing Challenge: The Man Who Recorded the World

This is a guest post by Todd Harvey and Melanie Zeck of the American Folklife Center.  Page 18 of Alan Lomax’s “composition book” containing notes from June 22 through July 30, 1942.  Muddy Waters – 29. (Head of the house) Farms 16 acres.Been knowing Son House since ’29. Learned how toplay with bottle neck from him by watching him forabout a year – followed after … Continue reading Crowdsourcing Challenge: The Man Who Recorded the World

How to tour Door County for the best Wisconsin Cheese

Ah, Door County…land of charming small towns, historic lighthouses and idyllic sunsets. It’s also a foodie’s dream thanks to the many shops and restaurants that pepper the peninsula. You’ll find more than your fair share of chocolate, wine, baked goods, cherry-flavored anything and of course, Wisconsin cheese to bring home. Now, here’s our gift to you: A Door County itinerary featuring three fantastic Wisconsin cheese … Continue reading How to tour Door County for the best Wisconsin Cheese

May courts presume a person is competent to agree to commitment for treatment if a doctor opines that he isn’t?

Dane County v. N.W., 2019AP48, 8/29/29, District 4 (1-judge opinion, ineligible for publication); case activity N.W. entered a written stipulation to extend his Chapter 51 involuntary mental commitment. On appeal he argued that due process required the circuit court to conduct a colloquy to determine whether he knowingly, intelligently and voluntarily agreed to the extension […] Source: WI Public Defenders – On Point May courts … Continue reading May courts presume a person is competent to agree to commitment for treatment if a doctor opines that he isn’t?