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Bill Tyroler’s Case Summaries

Michelle Williams v. Housing Authority of the City of Milwaukee, 2010 WI App 14 Issue/Holding: ¶13      The circuit court reversed the Housing Authority’s denial of rent assistance because it concluded that, under Gehin v. Wisconsin Group Insurance Board,2005 WI 16, 278 Wis. 2d 111, 692 N.W.2d 572, the Housing Authority could not base its decision solely… Read more

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Certiorari – Inmate Complaint – “Misdirected” Writ, Lack of Jurisdiction

State ex rel. David C. Myers v. Smith, 2009 WI App 49 Pro se Issue/Holding: Writ of certiorari “misdirected” to wrong respondent (in this instance, review of inmate complaint, improperly naming as respondent institution warden rather than DOC Secretary or designee) must be dismissed: ¶10      We begin by observing that certiorari “is available only for… Read more

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Certiorari – Inmate Complaint – Limitation on Discovery

State ex rel. David C. Myers v. Smith, 2009 WI App 49 Pro se Issue/Holding: Inmate may not utilize discovery to bypass security-based restrictions on access to banned material such as pornography: ¶16      Inmates must not be allowed to evade security restrictions by simply filing suit or petitioning for writ of certiorari and obtaining prohibited… Read more

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Instructions — Omitted Element — “Fact-Law Distinction”

See summary of State v. Thomas Scott Bailey Smith, Sr., 2005 WI 104, here. Omitted Issues – Stalking: Submission to Jury of Prior Conviction for “Violence” Despite Stipulation State v. Jeffrey A. Warbelton, 2009 WI 6, affirming 2008 WI App 42 For Warbelton: Paul G. Lazotte, SPD, Madison Appellate Issue/Holding: On a trial for stalking… Read more

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Johnbull K. Osagiede v. USA, 7th Cir No. 07-1131, 9/9/08 Issue/Holding: Counsel’s ignorance of VCCR Art. 36 rights available to foreign national client was deficient: Osagiede’s claim is a common one in Sixth Amendment cases. In essence, Osagiede argues that his lawyer should have been aware of his legal rights under Article 36 and should have… Read more

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Closing Argument – Reference to Defendant’s Failure to Testify

State v. Carmen L. Doss, 2008 WI 93, reversing 2007 WI App 208 For Doss: Robert R. Henak Issue/Holding: Closing argument remarks addressed to Doss’s failure to explain missing funds did not amount to a comment on her failure to testify: ¶81      … [F]or a prosecutor’s comment to constitute an improper reference to a defendant’s… Read more

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State v. Sherry L. Schultz, 2007 WI App 257; prior history: State v. Scott R. Jensen, 2004 WI App 89, affirmed, 2005 WI 31 For Schultz: Stephen L. Morgan, Jennifer M. Krueger Issue/Holding: Jury instructions on the elements of duty and intent under § 946.12(3) created mandatory conclusive presumptions: ¶10      Schultz contends that the following… Read more

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Reconfinement – Lack of Authority to Consider CIP or ERP Eligibility

State v. Antonio M. Hall, 2007 WI App 168 For Hall: Michael D. Kaiser Issue/Holding: ¶17   From our examination of these statutory provisions, we find no ambiguity in the relevant language and conclude that the provisions of Wis. Stat. §§ 973.01(3g), 973.01(3m) and 302.113(9)(am) express a clear intent to restrict the sentencing discretion of the reconfinement… Read more

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