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F. Sec. 971.17, NGI

State v. Larry W. Olson, 2018AP1075 & 1076, 10/8/19, District 3 (recommended for publication); case activity (including briefs) Olson and the state resolved some felony counts with an agreement that he’d plead not guilty by reason of mental disease or defect. The court found him NGI and committed him for 19 years, placing him on… Read More

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Kahler v. Kansas, USSC No. 18-6135, certiorari granted 3/18/19 Question presented: Do the Eighth and Fourteenth Amendments permit a state to abolish the insanity defense? Decision below; USSC docket; Scotusblog page As Scotusblog explains, Kahler was convicted of killing his, wife, kids, and his wife’s grandmother, and he was sentenced to death. His lawyers argued… Read More

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State v. Justice G. Armstead, 2017AP1586-CR, 5/30/18, District 1 (1-judge opinion, ineligible for publication); case activity (including briefs) Armstead pled NGI to 2 misdemeanors, pursuant to §971.16. The court ordered his conditional release into the community for 6 months, along with involuntary medications. Five months into the order, Armstead filed a motion for postdisposition relief … Read More

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Or can you? Yesterday’s NYT Magazine featured an in-depth article on what happens to a people after they plead not guilty by reason of insanity. If you like horror stories, click here.  The author says that in 2015 he began seeking data on length-of-stay and legal status for people who have been institutionalized in every… Read More

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State v. Bruce C. Brenizer, 2015AP2181, District 3, 6/6/17 (not recommended for publication); case activity (including select briefs) The Department of Health Services didn’t have authority to transfer Brenizer to the Department of Corrections because the circuit court’s commitment order unambiguously states that Brenizer is committed to DHS custody for life unless his custody is terminated… Read More

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on review of unpublished decision; case activity Issues (composed by on Point)  1. Whether Burton is entitled to a Machner hearing on his postconviction motion asserting that counsel was ineffective for failing to advise that Burton could pursue a bifurcated (NGI) plea along with his guilty plea, and have a jury determine whether he was not responsible… Read More

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In the matter of State of Wisconsin v. Bryan J. Stanley: La Crosse Tribune v. Circuit Court for La Crosse County, 2012 WI App 42 (recommended for publication); case activity Open Records / Public Access to Court Records – Treatment Records, Generally  (Discussion with respect to newspaper’s Open Records request for information contained in NGI conditional release… Read More

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court of appeals certification; for Bryan Stanley: Kristin M. Kerschensteiner; case activity Open Records – Sealed Court File – NGI Condition Release Plan  The appeal raises two significant issues at the intersection of Wisconsin’s Open Records Law and Mental Health Act, one procedural and one substantive. The procedural issue involves the proper mechanism to pursue an open records… Read More

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