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E. No-Merit Reports

State v. Chavis T. Sheriff, 2011AP1202, District 2, 7/25/12 court of appeals decision (not recommended for publication); case activity Sheriff’s failure to respond to a no-merit report operates as a serial litigation bar to his subsequent, § 974.06 attempt to argue that trial and postconviction counsel were ineffective. State v. Allen, 2010 WI 89, 328 Wis… Read More

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State v. Jeffery G. Sutton, 2012 WI 23, reversing summary order of court of appeals; for Sutton: Kaitlin A. Lamb, Colleen Ball, SPD, Milwaukee Appellate;  for amicus, WACDL: Robert R. Henak; case activity Although presented with an unpreserved but seemingly meritorious issue (defective jury-waiver colloquy) on § 809.32 no-merit review, the court of appeals nonetheless accepted counsel’s no-merit… Read More

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on review of summary order (District 1); for Sutton: Colleen Ball, SPD, Milwaukee Appellate;  case activity No-Merit Appeal Procedure – Remand for Evidentiary Hearing Issues:  1. (Composed by On Point:) Whether § 809.32(1)(g) requires the court of appeals to remand a case to the circuit court for an evidentiary hearing where, during the course of a no-merit proceeding… Read More

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7th circuit decision Habeas – Appeal: Appointed Counsel’s Obligation to Argue Issues The court clarifies the “scope” of counsel’s responsibilities when appointed on habeas appeal. Counsel has no obligation to argue claims not certified for appeal by the court. Therefore, if after independent review, “counsel agrees that the non-certified claims are not debatable, he or she can safely set aside… Read More

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7th circuit court of appeals decision, on habeas review of summary order of Wisconsin court of appeals Habeas – Procedural Default & No-Merit Report Johnson’s failure to assert an ineffective assistance of (trial) counsel claim in response to his appellate attorney’s no-merit report did not procedurally default that claim for purposes of subsequent collateral attack… Read More

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State v. Aaron A. Allen, 2010 WI 89, affirming unpublished decision; for Allen: Robert R. Henak; BiC; Resp.; Reply ¶4   We conclude, following Wis. Stat. § 974.06, that a defendant is not required to file a response to a no-merit report. This means he is not required to raise issues in response to a… Read More

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State v. Carl Davis Brown, Jr., 2009 WI App 169

court of appeals decision; for Brown: Paul Bonneson; for SPD: Colleen D. Ball, Milwaukee Appellate No-Merit Report – Counsel Appointed by Circuit Court Rather Than SPD Issue/Holding: ¶7        The statutes referenced in Wis. Stat. Rule 809.32(1)(a), relate to the appointment of counsel by the state public defender. Thus, pursuant to Rule 809.32(1)(a), an attorney appointed… Read More

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State v. Carl Davis Brown, Jr., 2009 WI App 169 For Brown: Paul G. Bonneson For SPD: Colleen D. Ball, Milwaukee Appellate Issue/Holding: ¶7        The statutes referenced in Wis. Stat. Rule 809.32(1)(a), relate to the appointment of counsel by the state public defender. Thus, pursuant to Rule 809.32(1)(a), an attorney appointed by the state public… Read More

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