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Order your 4th Amendment security system today!

Are you troubled by the recent erosion of the Fourth Amendment? Do you want to protect your home from police intrusions? Two law professors have an ingenious solution: The Fourth Amendment Security System LAWn sign.  Seriously. They are available for purchase. Click here for more details.

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SCOW’s productivity

How many more years would SCOW have to work to match the output of the Iowa and Minnesota Supreme Courts? What hinders SCOW’s productivity? Today’s edition of SCOWstats ponders these and other riddles of the Wisconsin Supreme Court.

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A preview of SCOTUS’s docket for the 2016 term

SCOTUS has already filled almost half of its docket for the 2016-2017 term. Click here  for a sneak peek at the civil and criminal cases it is set to decide.

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R.J.M. v. M.R.H., 2016AP1307, 9/22/2016, District 4 (1-judge decision, ineligible for publication); case activity

M.R.H. appeals the termination of his parental rights to his son, arguing that the jury during the grounds phase should not have heard (1) that he had previously been willing to voluntarily terminate his rights or (2) that his son wanted to be adopted by his stepfather. The court of appeals calls this evidence “problematic” but holds its admission harmless. Read more

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State v. Steven N. Jackson, 2015AP2682, 9/22/16, District 4 (1-judge decision; ineligible for publication); case activity (including briefs)

Steven Jackson was arrested for OWI and also charged with a refusal to submit to a blood test. On appeal of the refusal, he first argues that the officers lacked probable cause to arrest him. Read more

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State v. Courtney L. Carney, 2016AP175-CR & 176, 9/21/2016, District 2 (1-judge decision; ineligible for publication); case activity (including briefs)

At 3 a.m. on a Saturday morning, police pulled a car over for a broken light. The car driving in front of the targeted vehicle also stopped; this was Carney’s. The police ended up detaining him too, leading to his eventual OWI arrest; the question here is whether they had reasonable suspicion for the initial detention.

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Failure to use turn signal justified stop

Town of Grand Chute v. Shelley L. Kowalewski, 2015AP1788, District 3, 9/20/16 (one-judge decision; ineligible for publication); case activity (including briefs)

The stop of Kowalewski’s car was supported by probable cause that she violated § 346.34(1)(b), which requires a drive to use a turn signal “[i]n the event any other traffic may be affected by the movement” of the vehicle. Read more

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The brief answer from two recent federal court decisions is “yes,” though the devil, as they say, is in the details. Read more

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