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State v. Jeffrey D. Lee, 2018AP1507-CR, 11/5/19, District 1 (not recommended for publication); case activity (including briefs) At a jury trial for child sexual assault, the circuit court admitted “other acts” evidence that Lee had similarly assaulted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 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State v. Kevin B. Hutchins, 2018AP1144-CR, 7/16/2019, District 1 (not recommended for publication); case activity (including briefs) Hutchins had a jury trial for the alleged sexual assault, false imprisonment, and battery of the mother of his children.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

Admission of other acts evidence and sufficiency of evidence for homicide conviction affirmed

State v. Alberto E. Rivera, 2018AP952-CR, 4/30, District 1 (not recommended for publication); case activity (including briefs). The State charged Rivera with a homicide and an attempted homicide that occurred in 2015. Before trial, it moved to introduce “other acts” evidence–a homicide that Rivera committed in 1997. The trial court tentatively denied the motion. But […] Source: WI Public Defenders – On Point Admission of … Continue reading Admission of other acts evidence and sufficiency of evidence for homicide conviction affirmed

Video seems to show white robber in state’s other-acts evidence; COA, over dissent, upholds conviction of black defendant

State v. Darrin L. Malone, 2017AP680-CR, 9/26/18, District 2 (not recommended for publication); case activity (including briefs) The disputed image is below. It’s of a similar robbery three days before the robbery for which Malone was convicted of felony murder (the other robber in that latter robbery–who testified against Malone–admitting shooting and killing the gas […] Source: WI Public Defenders – On Point Video seems … Continue reading Video seems to show white robber in state’s other-acts evidence; COA, over dissent, upholds conviction of black defendant