COA reverses order suppressing identification evidence obtained in a lineup

State v. Andre David Nash, 2018AP1595-CR, 1/7/20, District 1 (not recommended for publication); case activity (including briefs). Under Wisconsin law, once a defendant shows that an out-of-court identification procedure is impermissibly suggestive, the State has the burden of demonstrating that the identification was still reliable and should be admitted into evidence. Powell v. State, 86 […] Source: WI Public Defenders – On Point COA reverses … Continue reading COA reverses order suppressing identification evidence obtained in a lineup

SCOW to review erroneous exclusion of defense DNA evidence

State v. David Gutierrez, 2017AP2364-CR, petition for review of a published court of appeals decision granted 11/13/19; case activity (including briefs) Issue (based on the State’s Petition for Review): 1. Did the court of appeals violate the standard of appellate review of trial court evidentiary rulings by holding the trial court erred in deciding to exclude […] Source: WI Public Defenders – On Point SCOW to … Continue reading SCOW to review erroneous exclusion of defense DNA evidence

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State v. Jeffrey D. Lee, 2018AP1507-CR, 11/5/19, District 1 (not recommended for publication); case activity (including briefs) At a jury trial for child sexual assault, the circuit court admitted “other acts” evidence that Lee had similarly assaulted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

Barring PBT evidence didn’t violate right to present defense

State v. Jude W. Giles, 2018AP1967-CR, District 3, 10/8/19 (one-judge decision; ineligible for publication); case activity (including briefs) Jude’s sought to admit the results of his preliminary breath test results (.076) to lay a foundation for his expert’s opinion that alcohol was still being absorbed into his blood, making the state hygiene lab’s blood test […] Source: WI Public Defenders – On Point Barring PBT … Continue reading Barring PBT evidence didn’t violate right to present defense

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

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

COA: Reference to prior violence by defendant admissible other acts evidence

State v. Kevin B. Hutchins, 2018AP1144-CR, 7/16/2019, District 1 (not recommended for publication); case activity (including briefs) Hutchins had a jury trial for the alleged sexual assault, false imprisonment, and battery of the mother of his children. The judge permitted her to testify, over objection, that he had hit her on other, earlier occasions–the proffered […] Source: WI Public Defenders – On Point COA: Reference … Continue reading COA: Reference to prior violence by defendant admissible other acts evidence

Defense win: circuit court erred in excluding DNA evidence

State v. David Gutierrez, 2017AP2364-CR, District 2, 7/3/19 (recommended for publication); case activity (including briefs) The circuit court allowed the state to admit testimony that Gutierrez’s DNA wasn’t found after testing of relevant evidence state as well as testimony about why his DNA might not be found; it did not, however, allow Gutierrez to admit […] Source: WI Public Defenders – On Point Defense win: … Continue reading Defense win: circuit court erred in excluding DNA evidence

SCOW muddles confrontation, hearsay analysis; addresses Miranda at John Doe proceeding

State v. Peter J. Hanson, 2019 WI 63, 6/5/19, affirming an unpublished decision of the court of appeals; case activity (including briefs) Hanson was called to testify at a John Doe proceeding looking into an unsolved homicide. He was eventually charged with the crime, and at his trial the jury heard  a portion of Hanson’s John […] Source: WI Public Defenders – On Point SCOW muddles … Continue reading SCOW muddles confrontation, hearsay analysis; addresses Miranda at John Doe proceeding