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January 2010

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court of appeals decision (not recommended for publication) Probable Cause to Arrest Probable cause to arrest Howell, where he showed up at drug house after police were executing search warrant and had found photo of him throwing gang signs plus he matched description of drug dealer in warrant application… Read More

court of appeals decision (not recommended for publication), reversed, 2011 WI 32; for Burris: Byron C. Lichstein; BiC; Resp.; Reply Answer to Jury Question – Misleading Definition of “Utter Disregard” Trial court answer to jury question misleading as to whether jury could consider post-shooting conduct as bearing on “utter disregard” element, entitling Burris to new… Read More

court of appeals decision (not recommended for publication) Closing Argument – Arbitrary Time Limit 30-minute time limit on defense closing upheld, ¶¶20-24. Moreover, majority not persuaded that closing counsel never had opportunity to make would have persuaded jury, ¶25-26. Judge Fine dissents, stressing significance to trial process of closing argument, ¶¶27-32… Read More

court of appeals decision (not recommended for publication) Kidnapping – “Held to Service against Will” “Held to service against will” element of kidnapping satisfied by “commands for information,” namely “interrogating [victim] as to where she was during the evening and who she was with,” ¶24… Read More

court of appeals decision (1-judge; ineligible for publication) Probation Extension, Unpaid Restitution Probation properly “extended to get more substantial payments towards his restitution obligation”; caselaw prohibition on “debt collection” extensions limited to where record “teeming with substantial reasons not to extend”; extension here served salutary purpose of allowing Genge to seek PTSD treatment… Read More

court of appeals decision (1-judge; ineligible for publication) Statement against Interest, Exculpating Defendant Against-interest statement exculpating defendant admissible. Declarant unavailable, given reasonable but unsuccessful efforts to subpoena. Contrary to trial court, statement not ambiguous but was direct admission of crime and corroborated by having been made to different people on different occasions… Read More

court of appeals decision (1-judge; ineligible for publication) Traffic Stop – Crossing Center Line Probable cause to stop for crossing center line, even if momentary and even if driving otherwise flawless… Read More