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Ohio jurists call for centralized criminal sentencing database to reduce mass inacarceration

Centralized sentencing data would make the administration of justices more fair and transparent. Appellate courts could use the data to ensure that sentences under review are consistent and serve the fundamental purposes of sentencing. Wow! There’s an idea. Read more here. 
Source: WI Public Defenders – On Point
Ohio jurists call for centralized criminal sentencing database to reduce mass inacarceration

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Sex offender can’t change name to “Better Off Dead”

He really wanted that name, the Minnesota court of appeals said “no” despite the 1st Amendment. The new name would be misleading and confusing. Read about it here.
Source: WI Public Defenders – On Point
Sex offender can’t change name to “Better Off Dead”

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Fun facts on SCOW and SCOTUS

Guess which SCOTUS justice Wisconsin’s Supreme Court justices cite most often? Okay. That’s too easy. The answer is Scalia. But do you know which SCOW justice cites Scalia the most? And can you guess the second most frequently cited SCOTUS justice. Find out more fun facts here.
Source: WI Public Defenders – On Point
Fun facts on SCOW and SCOTUS

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Family court judge accused of runing threesomes with staff

No, not a Wisconsin judge. But if you’re sleepy, this story will wake you up.
Source: WI Public Defenders – On Point
Family court judge accused of runing threesomes with staff

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Coming soon: Blockbuster decisions from SCOTUS

Erwin Chemerinsky, a SCOTUS expert, summarizes the most controversial cases the court will decide this term. First and Second Amendment rights, abortion rights, DACA are all on the agenda. Find out more here.
Source: WI Public Defenders – On Point
Coming soon: Blockbuster decisions from SCOTUS

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Master Gardener Program in Waushara County 2019

At the end of 2019, 18 Master Gardener Volunteers reported 1,076 hours of volunteer service for an estimated value of $25,828 (Independent Sector).  They also reported 222 hours of continuing education and reached an estimated 2,621 individuals with various outreach projects.
Source: University of Wisconsin-Extension | Garden blog
Master Gardener Program in Waushara County 2019

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1. Best interests of the child 39. TPRs 45. WI Court of Appeals C. Unpublished Opinions F. Fact-finding, Sec. 48.424 Uncategorized

Trial court needn’t find “bests interest of the child” when disposing of TPR case

State v. E.F., 2019AP1559-1561, 11/12/19, District 1, (1-judge opinion, ineligible for publication); case activity The trial court never uttered the words “best interest of the child” at the dispositional phase of this TPR case. No matter, says the court of appeals, “magical” or “talismanic” words aren’t necessary. The trial court’s decision was “infused with articulated […]
Source: WI Public Defenders – On Point
Trial court needn’t find “bests interest of the child” when disposing of TPR case

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35. Sentencing 45. WI Court of Appeals 6. Restitution c. Defenses C. Unpublished Opinions D. Type of punishment Uncategorized

Order for restitution doesn’t duplicate civil judgment against defendant

State v. Michael A. Nieman, 2017AP1906-CR, 11/7/29, District 4, (1-judge opinion, ineligible for publication); case activity (including State’s brief) Nieman, pro se, appealed an order for over $13,000 in restitution entered after he pled to felony theft by false representation. The court should not have awarded any restitution, he argued. Or, if restitution was permitted, […]
Source: WI Public Defenders – On Point
Order for restitution doesn’t duplicate civil judgment against defendant

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3. Continuing CHIPS 39. TPRs 45. WI Court of Appeals 6. No parental responsibility C. Unpublished Opinions D. Grounds, Sec. 48.415 E. Procedure Uncategorized

Merging change of placement hearing into jury trial on grounds for TPR is okay

State v. T.S.W., 2019AP450-451, District 1, 10/22/19 (1-judge opinion, ineligible for publication); case activity The trial court failed to hold a hearing on T.S.W.’s motion for change of physical placement of her child, J.C., before the jury trial on the grounds phase of her TPR. She argued that this violated her right to due process because […]
Source: WI Public Defenders – On Point
Merging change of placement hearing into jury trial on grounds for TPR is okay

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'19-20 1. Stops, in general 34. Search & Seizure 44. WI Supreme Court A. Review Grants c. Duration G. Reasonable suspicion Pending in SCOW Uncategorized

SCOW to review extension of traffic stop case where Judge Reilly invoked Dred Scott

State v. Courtney C. Brown, 2017AP774, petition for review granted 10/15/19 case activity (including links to briefs) Issues (petition for review) Whether police unlawfully extended a noncriminal traffic stop beyond its initial purpose? As explained in our post on the court of appeals’ decision, an officer stopped Brown’s car, noticed he wasn’t wearing a seat belt, […]
Source: WI Public Defenders – On Point
SCOW to review extension of traffic stop case where Judge Reilly invoked Dred Scott