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

Some resources on involuntary confessions

We posted yesterday about State v. John Finley, which addressed a challenge to the confession of an adult with intellectual limitations. Coincidentally, we learned today of two articles related to confessions that may interest our readers. First, the day after the Finley decision was released, Science published this article about Saul Kassin, an expert on false confessions. Finley […] Source: WI Public Defenders – On Point Some resources … Continue reading Some resources on involuntary confessions

Over strong dissent, court of appeals rejects challenge to voluntariness of confession

State v. John S. Finley, 2018AP258-CR, District 2, 6/12/19 (not recommended for publication); case activity (including briefs) Here’s a succinct summary of this decision: “The Majority supports the government’s  ‘interview,’ which utilized lies, threats, and fabrication of evidence to wrestle a statement from a thirty-six-year-old man, who has the mind of a twelve year old […] Source: WI Public Defenders – On Point Over strong … Continue reading Over strong dissent, court of appeals rejects challenge to voluntariness of confession

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State v. Peter J. Hanson, 2019 WI 63, 6/5/19, affirming an unpublished decision of the court of appeals; case activity (including briefs) Hanson was called to testify at a John Doe proceeding looking into an unsolved homicide.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

Polite questioning about drinking and evening plans don’t amount to custody or require Miranda warning

Marquette County v. Christopher Patrick Bray, 2018AP665, 2/28/19, District 4 (1-judge opinion, ineligible for publication); case activity (including briefs). Bray was convicted of OWI. He argued that the circuit court should have suppressed statements he made to a sergeant during a traffic stop because he wasn’t Mirandized. The court of appeals held that Bray wasn’t […] Source: WI Public Defenders – On Point Polite questioning … Continue reading Polite questioning about drinking and evening plans don’t amount to custody or require Miranda warning

Bomb scare adjudication upheld, but restitution order reversed in part

State v. J.P., 2017AP1905, District 1, 9/5/18 (one-judge decision; ineligible for publication); case activity J.P. was adjudicated delinquent for calling in two bomb scares to his high school. The court of appeals rejects his claims that the police lacked probable cause to arrest him and unlawfully searched his phone and that his confession was involuntary. […] Source: WI Public Defenders – On Point Bomb scare … Continue reading Bomb scare adjudication upheld, but restitution order reversed in part