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State v. John Lee Laxton, 2002 WI 82, affirming unpublished court of appeals decision (Affirmed on other grounds, habeas review, John L. Laxton v. Bartow, 421 F.3d 565 (7th Cir 2005)) For Laxton: Margaret A. Maroney, SPD, Madison Appellate Issue: Whether the jury instructions adequately conveyed the requirement of mental disorder causing serious difficulty in… Read More

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State v. Matthew A.B., 231 Wis.2d 688, 605 N.W.2d 598 (Ct. App. 1999) For Matthew A.B.: Mary E. Waitrovich, SPD, Madison Appellate. Issue/Holding: Prediction of future dangerousness may be made of a juvenile in a Ch. 980 proceeding. The state’s experts assessed Matthew’s dangerousness by using the “Doren criteria,” which were developed through research involving… Read More

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Reuben Adams v. Bartow, 330 F.3d 957 (7th Cir. 2003), denying habeas relief in State v. Adams, 223 Wis. 2d 60, 588 N.W.2d 336 (Ct. App. 1998) For Adams: Samuel Arena (Foley & Lardner) Issue: Whether the state court affirmance of Adams’ commitment unreasonably applied Kansas v. Hendricks, 521 U.S. 346 (1997) or Foucha v. Louisiana, 504 U.S. 71 (1992)… Read More

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