Circuit court erroneously admitted hearsay at child sexual assault trial, but error was harmless

State v. Jeffrey D. Lee, 2018AP1507-CR, 11/5/19, District 1 (not recommended for publication); case activity (including briefs) At a jury trial for child sexual assault, the circuit court admitted “other acts” evidence that Lee had similarly assaulted 5 other children. The court of appeals called the “other acts” evidence of the 3rd, 4th and 5th […] Source: WI Public Defenders – On Point Circuit court … Continue reading Circuit court erroneously admitted hearsay at child sexual assault trial, but error was harmless

COA finds no error in denying mistrial for 3 evidentiary issues

State v. Ross Harris, Jr., 2018AP1667, 10/24/2019, District 4 (one-judge opinion; ineligible for publication); case activity (including briefs) The charges in this case, disorderly conduct and battery, arose from an altercation in a hospital elevator. The state said Harris, newly a grandfather, had attacked A.D., the fiancé of his newborn grandchild’s maternal grandmother, while both […] Source: WI Public Defenders – On Point COA finds … Continue reading COA finds no error in denying mistrial for 3 evidentiary issues

Ineffective assistance, newly discovered evidence claims fail

State v. Robert C. Washington, 2018AP1771-CR, District 1, 10/8/19 (not recommended for publication); case activity (including briefs) Washington was convicted of first degree reckless homicide and first degree reckless injury for shooting his two sons, killing one and injuring the other. He argues his lawyer was ineffective for advising him to plead without discussing possible […] Source: WI Public Defenders – On Point Ineffective assistance, … Continue reading Ineffective assistance, newly discovered evidence claims fail

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 finds reasonable suspicion for drug investigation, FSTs; probable cause for arrest

County of Dunn v. Cashe L. Newville, 2018AP1167, 8/6/19, District 3 (one-judge decision; ineligible for publication); case activity (including briefs) Newville was pulled over by a sheriff’s deputy who observed that, among other things, his license plate lamps weren’t working. An arrest on suspicion of operating under the influence of methamphetamine followed. The court of […] Source: WI Public Defenders – On Point COA finds … Continue reading COA finds reasonable suspicion for drug investigation, FSTs; probable cause for arrest

Second attempt to challenge 1995 license revocation fails, too

State v. Robert E. Hammersley, 2018AP1022, District 3, 7/30/19 (one-judge decision; ineligible for publication); case activity (including appellant’s brief) Birchfield v. North Dakota, 136 S. Ct. 2160 (2016), doesn’t provide a basis to void the revocation of Hammersley’s driver’s license back in 1995 for refusing a blood alcohol test after his OWI arrest. Hammersley argues […] Source: WI Public Defenders – On Point Second attempt … Continue reading Second attempt to challenge 1995 license revocation fails, too

Ludicrous is not the same thing as absurd

State v. Medford B. Matthews, III, 2018AP845, 7/24/19, District 2 (recommended for publication); case activity (including briefs) It’s a crime in Wisconsin to have sex with a person under 18. Specifically, it’s a misdemeanor, if that person is 16 or older—like the 17-and-a-half-year-old alleged victim here. But, it’s tough to have sex without (1) being […] Source: WI Public Defenders – On Point Ludicrous is … Continue reading Ludicrous is not the same thing as absurd

“Written notice of appeal” of muni court judgment needn’t be “Notice of Appeal” form

City of Milwaukee v. David B. Munzinger, 2018AP2186, 7/23/2019, District 1 (one-judge decision; ineligible for publication); case activity (including briefs) Munzinger fought his OWI citation in the municipal court and lost; he filed an appeal to the circuit court pursuant to Wis. Stat. § 800.14. To do this, his counsel filed a form  in the […] Source: WI Public Defenders – On Point “Written notice … Continue reading “Written notice of appeal” of muni court judgment needn’t be “Notice of Appeal” form

SCOW will review the petitioner’s burden on dangerousness in ch. 51 cases

Marathon County v. D.K., 2017AP2217, petition for review granted 7/10/19; case activity As our prior post noted, the court of appeals upheld D.K. (or “Donald”)’s commitment against his challenge to the sufficiency of the evidence. The supreme court has now agreed to decide whether the testimony of the examining physician, who was the sole witness […] Source: WI Public Defenders – On Point SCOW will … Continue reading SCOW will review the petitioner’s burden on dangerousness in ch. 51 cases

Refusal hearing argument didn’t clearly raise issue argued on appeal, so it’s forfeited

State v. Danny L. Waters, 2018AP1455, District 4, 5/2/19 (one-judge decision; ineligible for publication); case activity (including briefs) The argument Waters made at his refusal hearing wasn’t sufficiently clear to preserve the issue for appeal. Waters refused a blood test after being arrested for OWI in his home. He argues his license shouldn’t be revoked […] Source: WI Public Defenders – On Point Refusal hearing … Continue reading Refusal hearing argument didn’t clearly raise issue argued on appeal, so it’s forfeited