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State v. Jesse Rogalla, 2019AP1486-CR, 10/26/21, District 3 (1-judge opinion, ineligible for publication; case activity (including briefs) Officer Klieforth was dispatched to a home after someone reported that Rogalla was yelling at a woman inside. Klieforth heard both parties screaming, peeked in a window, saw Rogalla yelling as a woman knelt before him crying “You… Read more

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State v. S.T., 2021AP1278-1280, 10/26/21, District 1 (1-judge opinion, ineligible for publication); case activity The circuit court terminated S.T.’s parental rights to three of her children after she brought one of them (a 5-month old twin) to the hospital with severe burns on his body. S.T. appealed arguing that during the grounds phase of the… Read more

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Plea bargaining in the shadow of a retrial

Attorney Keith Findley and colleagues have a new paper out. They examined cases in the postconviction context to determine how often prosecutors use their plea-bargaining power to preserve a conviction even when the conviction appears deeply flawed and the chances that the defendant is innocent are high. Guess what they found . . … Read more

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A new linguistic analysis of SCOW’s opinions

Given all the recent changes on the Wisconsin Supreme Court, SCOWstats has run a new Linguistic Inquiry Word Count software analysis of their opinions, including those from most of the new justices. It scores opinions on things like analytical thinking, speaking with clout, and so forth.  One interesting finding: Chief Justice Ziegler uses emotional words–negative… Read more

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This week SCOTUS granted review on two cases involving Native American sovereignty. It also issued two summary rulings (without briefing or argument) that reversed federal appeals court decisions that had denied qualified immunity to police officers accused of using excessive force. In other words, SCOTUS summarily ruled for the police. Read more here… Read more

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State v. X.S., 2021AP419, review of an unpublished court of appeals opinion, granted 10/18/21, case activity Issues: 1. Whether the court of appeals erroneously exercised its discretion in denying “Xander’s” motion for reconsideration less than 24 hours after it was filed without any explanation? 2. Whether a juvenile who stipulates to the prosecutive merit of… Read more

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That is the subject of today’s Immigration Professors’ blog post, which reports that the 2nd Circuit recently addressed the issue and links to a lengthy law306.com article highlighting a split among the circuits.  Apparently, the 4th, 5th, and 8th Circuits hold that undocumented immigrants are not included in “the people” of the Second Amendment… Read more

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That’s what Berkeley, California did. Read about the measure and its impact in this article from The Atlantic… Read more

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