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

SCOW to decide whether mental illness and reliance on government benefits warrant recommitment under Chapter 51

Langlade County v. D.J.W., 2018AP145-FT, petition for review granted 7/10/19; case activity Issue:  A doctor opined that David (a pseudonym) is unable to care for himself, and therefore dangerous under Wis. Stat. § 51.20(1)(am), because he lost employment and relies on the assistance of the government and his family for income and housing. As a […] Source: WI Public Defenders – On Point SCOW to … Continue reading SCOW to decide whether mental illness and reliance on government benefits warrant recommitment under Chapter 51

SCOW: Driver can’t revoke consent to test of validly drawn blood sample

State v. Jessica M. Randall, 2019 WI 80, 7/2/19, reversing an unpublished court of appeals decision; case activity (including briefs) A majority of the supreme court holds that a person who has been arrested for OWI and consented to a blood draw cannot prevent the testing of the blood sample for alcohol or drugs by […] Source: WI Public Defenders – On Point SCOW: Driver … Continue reading SCOW: Driver can’t revoke consent to test of validly drawn blood sample

SCOTUS: Illegal gun possession requires defendant’s knowledge of fact that makes it illegal

Rehaif v. United States, USSC No. 17-9560, 2019 WL 2552487, June 21, 2019, reversing 888 F.3d 1138 (11th Cir. 2018); Scotusblog page (includes links to briefs and commentary) Federal law bans certain classes of people from possessing guns, and provides stiff penalties (up to ten years in prison if there are no enhancers) if they […] Source: WI Public Defenders – On Point SCOTUS: Illegal … Continue reading SCOTUS: Illegal gun possession requires defendant’s knowledge of fact that makes it illegal

SCOW: professional misconduct warranting suspension does not demonstrate ineffective assistance of counsel

State v. Tyrus Lee Cooper, 2016AP375-CR, 6/20/19, affirming a per curiam court of appeals opinion, case activity (including briefs) Cooper moved for pre-sentencing plea withdrawal and filed an OLR grievance because his lawyer failed to provide him with discovery, contact witnesses, and communicate with him. Days before trial, his unprepared lawyer misled him about the […] Source: WI Public Defenders – On Point SCOW: professional … Continue reading SCOW: professional misconduct warranting suspension does not demonstrate ineffective assistance of counsel

SCOW will decide how multiple enhancers apply to OWI fines

State v. Charles L. Neill, IV, petition for review granted 6/11/19; 2018AP75; case activity (including briefs) This is a review of a published court of appeals decision. Here’s the issue, as stated in our prior post: Neill pleaded to an OWI-3rd, which has a minimum fine of $600. Wis. Stat. § 346.65(2)(am)3. His plea came with two statutory enhancers: […] Source: WI Public Defenders – On Point SCOW will … Continue reading SCOW will decide how multiple enhancers apply to OWI fines

Defense win! SCOW declares 971.14’s treatment to competency provisions unconstitutional

State v. Fitzgerald, 2018AP1296-CR, 2019 WI 69, 6/13/19 case activity Sell v. United States, 539 U.S. 166 (2003) held that a mentally ill  defendant has a constitutional right to avoid unwanted antipsychotic medication. The State can force it on him to restore his competency for trial only by proving the 4 “Sell factors.” Fitzgerald holds that §971.14 […] Source: WI Public Defenders – On Point Defense win! … Continue reading Defense win! SCOW declares 971.14’s treatment to competency provisions unconstitutional

SCOW splits 3-3 over how to trigger an automatic stay of an involuntary medication order pending appeal

State ex rel. Fitzgerald v. Milw. County Circuit Court, 2018AP1214-W, 2019 WI 69, 6/13/19, case activity A defendant is entitled to an automatic stay of an involuntary medication pending appeal, otherwise his liberty interest in avoiding unwanted antipsychotic medications is rendered a nullity. State v. Scott, 2018 WI 74, __Wis. 2d __, 912 N.W.2d 14. But what […] Source: WI Public Defenders – On Point SCOW splits … Continue reading SCOW splits 3-3 over how to trigger an automatic stay of an involuntary medication order pending appeal

SCOW to address whether solicitation of reckless conduct is a crime

State v. Kelly James Kloss, 2018AP651-CR, petition and cross petition for review of a published court of appeals decision, both granted 6/11/19; case activity (including briefs) Issues: Is solicitation of first degree reckless injury a crime under Wisconsin law? Is solicitation of first degree recklessly endangering safety a lesser included offense of first degree reckless […] Source: WI Public Defenders – On Point SCOW to … Continue reading SCOW to address whether solicitation of reckless conduct is a crime