SCOW: Defendants at 2nd grade level, abandoned by counsel, must research and apply law pro se

State ex rel. Wren v. Richardson, 2017AP880-W, 2019 WI 110, affirming a court of appeals unpublished memorandum opinion; case activity (including briefs) Two weeks ago, we posted “SCOW holds defendants abandoned by counsel to same standards as licensed lawyers,” calling State v. Pope “the most absurd decision this term (still time for worse).” Behold an […] Source: WI Public Defenders – On Point SCOW: Defendants … Continue reading SCOW: Defendants at 2nd grade level, abandoned by counsel, must research and apply law pro se

Defense win – defendant gets evidentiary hearing on IAC and newly-discovered evidence claims

State v. Antonio L. Bell, 2018AP1593 & 1594, 12/27/19, District 1 (not recommended for publication); case activity (including briefs) Bell pleaded to two sexual assaults: one of his 9-year-old daughter and one of his 14-year-old stepdaughter. He maintained his innocence but insisted that he would plead to spare them from testifying. After sentencing, he filed […] Source: WI Public Defenders – On Point Defense win … Continue reading Defense win – defendant gets evidentiary hearing on IAC and newly-discovered evidence claims

SCOW: waiver in any county means adult jurisdiction in every county

State v. Matthew Hinkle, 2019 WI 96, 11/12/19, affirming a published court of appeals decision, 2017AP1416, case activity (including briefs) We’ve posted on this case twice before, first on the published court of appeals decision and then on the supreme court’s grant of the petition for review. The question is easily posed: the statute says […] Source: WI Public Defenders – On Point SCOW: waiver … Continue reading SCOW: waiver in any county means adult jurisdiction in every county

In case of first impression, SCOW upholds search pursuant to Act 79

State v. Roy S. Anderson, 2019 WI 97, affirming a per curiam court of appeals decision, 11/15/19; case activity (including briefs) Act 79 permits law enforcement to search a person on probation, parole or extended supervision based on reasonable suspicion (not probable cause) that the person, is is about to, or has committed a violation […] Source: WI Public Defenders – On Point In case … Continue reading In case of first impression, SCOW upholds search pursuant to Act 79

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

Incarceration is no longer custody per se under Miranda

State v. Brian L. Halverson, 2018AP858-CR, 11/13/19, District 3 (recommended for publication); case activity (including briefs) Until now, Wisconsin held that a person who is interviewed by law enforcement while incarcerated is per se in custody and thus must receive a Miranda warning. State v. Armstrong, 223 Wis. 2d 331, 588 N.W. 2d 606 (1999). This published […] Source: WI Public Defenders – On Point Incarceration is … Continue reading Incarceration is no longer custody per se under Miranda

How to measure the hotness of an officer’s pursuit

State v. Jeffrey L. Ionescu, 2018AP1620-CR, 11/13/19, District 2 (recommended for publication; case activity (including briefs) A homeowner told police that he found a burglar in his car and saw him run west across his yard. About 10 minutes later, officer and a trained tracking dog headed in that direction for about 30 minutes. The […] Source: WI Public Defenders – On Point How to … Continue reading How to measure the hotness of an officer’s pursuit

October 2019 publication list

On October 30, 2019, the court of appeals ordered the publication of the following criminal law related decision: State v. Amy Joan Zahurones, 2019 WI App 57 (defendant entitled to credit under § 973.155 toward sentence imposed after revocation of deferred entry of judgment agreement) Source: WI Public Defenders – On Point October 2019 publication list Continue reading October 2019 publication list

SCOW will address vehicle searches incident to OWI arrests

State v. Mose B. Coffee, 2018AP1209, petition for review granted 10/18/19; case activity (including briefs) Issue: Whether evidence obtained during a warrantless search of a person’s vehicle incident to his OWI arrest must be suppressed when there was no reason to believe that evidence of the OWI arrest would be found in the area of the […] Source: WI Public Defenders – On Point SCOW will … Continue reading SCOW will address vehicle searches incident to OWI arrests

SCOW will address confusion created by Starks

State ex rel. Milton Eugene Warren v. Michael Meisner, 2019AP567-W, petition for review granted 10/16/19; case activity Issue (composed by On Point based on the petition for review) Whether under State v. Starks, 2013 WI 69, Warren’s § 974.06 postconviction motion alleging ineffective assistance of counsel by the lawyer appointed on direct appeal should be […] Source: WI Public Defenders – On Point SCOW will … Continue reading SCOW will address confusion created by Starks