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

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

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?

DOT rule governing tinted car windows is valid, and so is the stop based on its suspected violation

State v. Richard Rusk, 2019AP135-CR, 8/29/19, District 4 (1-judge opinion, ineligible for publication); case activity (including briefs) An officer stopped Rusk because he believed that tinting on the windshield of Rusk’s vehicles extended so far down as to violate Wis. Admin § Trans 305.34(6)(c)(May 2014). Rusk argued that this was a mistake of law because the […] Source: WI Public Defenders – On Point DOT rule … Continue reading DOT rule governing tinted car windows is valid, and so is the stop based on its suspected violation

Standard OWI jury instruction sufficiently conveyed meaning of “impaired”

State v. Kari E. Mravik, 2018AP2300-CR, District 4, 8/29/19 (one-judge decision; ineligible for publication); case activity (including briefs) At her OWI 2d trial, Mravik asked the judge to modify Wis. J.I.—Criminal 2663’s definition of “under the influence of an intoxicant.” The trial judge declined. The court of appeals finds no error because the instruction as a […] Source: WI Public Defenders – On Point Standard OWI … Continue reading Standard OWI jury instruction sufficiently conveyed meaning of “impaired”

August 2019 publication list

On August 28, 2019, the court of appeals ordered the publication of the following criminal law related cases: State v. David Gutierrez, 2019 WI App 41 (circuit court erred in excluding evidence that DNA of other men was found on a victim’s clothing and buccal swab) State v. Medford B. Matthews, III, 2019 WI App […] Source: WI Public Defenders – On Point August 2019 … Continue reading August 2019 publication list

Only the state’s evidence is admissible

State v. Daniel A. Griffin, 2018AP649, 8/21/19, District 2 (recommended for publication); case activity (including briefs) Someone killed a young child in Griffin’s home. Both Griffin and the child’s mother were present at the time. What evidence was the jury allowed to hear about who committed the crime? If you guessed “any remotely relevant evidence […] Source: WI Public Defenders – On Point Only the … Continue reading Only the state’s evidence is admissible

Defense wrestles State into conceding Batson error, but doesn’t get new trial

State v. Patrick D. Zolliecoffer, 2018AP1639-CR, 8/20/19, District 1 (not recommended for publication); case activity (including briefs) Zolliecoffer challenged two of the State’s peremptory strikes as racially based. On appeal, the State conceded that the circuit court failed to apply the 3-step procedure for analyzing Batson claims, which On Point recently explained here.  Zolliecoffer urged […] Source: WI Public Defenders – On Point Defense wrestles … Continue reading Defense wrestles State into conceding Batson error, but doesn’t get new trial