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Which Wisconsin Supreme Court justice is the wordiest, most emotional, most analytical?

April 9, 2019

Using specialized software scholars have analyzed the opinions of SCOTUS justices for some time. Now SCOWstats has applied the same “text mining” software to SCOW opinions. Which justice uses the most (or biggest) words? Who speaks with the most clout? Who is our most emotional justice (according to the software’s algorithm)? Click here to find […]


Alleged omissions from search warrant application didn’t invalidate warrant

State v. Calvin Lee Brown, 2018AP766-CR, District 1, 4/9/19 (not recommended for publication); case activity (including briefs) Brown challenged a search warrant that was executed at his home, arguing the police omitted information about J.R.R., an informant who was cited in the warrant application, and that the information provided reason to doubt J.R.R.’s credibility. The […]


Exclusionary rule applies to property forfeiture actions; but so does good faith exception

April 7, 2019

State v. Michael J. Scott, et al., 2017AP1345, District 4, 4/4/19 (recommended for publication); case activity (including briefs) Applying long-standing U.S. Supreme Court precedent, the court of appeals holds that the exclusionary rule can be used to defend against a civil forfeiture complaint filed by the state. But it also holds the state should have […]


Summary judgment at TPR grounds phase reversed due to inadequate notice during CHIPS proceedings

Jackson County DHS v. R.H.H., Jr., 2018AP2440 to 208AP2443, District 4, 4/4/19 (one-judge decision; ineligible for publication); case activity At the grounds phase R.H.H.’s termination of parental rights proceedings, the circuit court granted the County’s motion for summary judgment on the basis of continuing denial of visitation under § 48.415(4). Not so fast, says the […]


Officer had probable cause to arrest defendant for OWI after a 1-minute interaction with him

April 3, 2019

State v. Timothy Edward Curtis, 2018AP920-CR, 4/2/19, District 3, (1-judge opinion, ineligible for publication); case activity (including briefs) The State charged Curtis with a 2nd offense OWI. He moved to suppress evidence obtained after his arrest on the grounds that the officer didn’t have probable cause for the arrest in the first place. He lost […]


CoA rejects plea, ineffective assistance and new trial claims; affirms TPR order

State v. T.R.C., 2018AP820, 4/2/19, District 1 (1-judge opinion, eligible for publication); case activity T.R.C. pled “no contest” to grounds for termination of her parental rights to D. On appeal she argued that her plea was not knowing, intelligent and voluntary, that her trial counsel was ineffective, and that the TPR order should be vacated […]


SCOTUS to address whether cops can stop a vehicle just because its owner’s license was revoked

April 1, 2019

Kansas v. Glover, USSC No. 18-556, certiorari granted 4/1/19 Question presented: Whether, for purposes of an investigative stop under the Fourth Amendment, it is reasonable for an officer to suspect that the registered owner of a vehicle is the one driving the vehicle absent any information to the contrary.


SCOW: Courts may misinform–or not inform–defendants pleading NGI of their maximum period of commitment

March 28, 2019

State v. Corey R. Fugere, 2019 WI 33, 3/28/19, affirming a published court of appeals decision; case activity (including briefs) Pretend you’re a defendant trying to decide whether to enter a plea. You know that maximum term of imprisonment you face. You also know that pleading NGI is one of your options. However, the circuit […]


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