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c. Evidence

State v. Owen Budd, 2007 WI App 245 For Budd: Steven P. Weiss, SPD, Madison Appellate Issue/Holding: Evidence that SVP respondent would be under DOC supervision if not committed under ch. 980 properly excluded as irrelevant, ¶¶8-14 (“the fact of supervision is irrelevant to whether Budd is a sexually violent person under § 980.01(7),” ¶14).The court… Read More

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State v. Owen Budd, 2007 WI App 245 For Budd: Steven P. Weiss, SPD, Madison Appellate Issue: Whether the trial court erred in admitting evidence as to the “screening process” for referring SVP cases, which had the effect of informing the jury that fewer than 5% of eligible sex offenders are selected for commitment proceedings. Holding… Read More

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SVP Commitment – Use Of Actuarials

State v. Barry L. Smalley, 2007 WI App 219, PFR filed 10/19/07 For Smalley: Donald T. Lang, SPD, Madison Appellate Issue/Holding: ¶18      Smalley notes that the actuarial instruments fail to take an individual’s mental disorder into account, and that they therefore predict dangerousness in general, rather than dangerousness due to mental disorder. He argues that because… Read More

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State v. Steven C. Feldmann, 2007 WI App 35, PFR filed 3/23/07 For Feldmann: Jefren E. Olsen, SPD, Madison Appellate Issue/Holding: The ch. 980 omission of required proof of a recent overt act of sexual violence does not violate equal protection, as compared with the ch. 51 mental health commitment requirement of proof of a recent overt… Read More

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State v. Barry L. Smalley, 2007 WI App 219, PFR filed 10/19/07 For Smalley: Donald T. Lang, SPD, Madison Appellate Issue/Holding: State SVP expert’s unobjected-to misstatement of test for measuring reoffense risk (“more likely than not” means “any chance greater than zero” rather then more than 50%) didn’t support reversal in the interest of justice: ¶10      First… Read More

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State v. Charles W. Mark, 2006 WI 78, affirming 2005 WI App 62, 2005 WI App 62 For Mark: Glenn L. Cushing, SPD, Madison Appellate Issue: Whether evidence of probation supervision was relevant to future dangerousness, and therefore should have been admitted into evidence. Issue: ¶41      … (T)he plain language of Wis. Stat. § 980.01(7)… Read More

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State v. Gregory J. Franklin, 2004 WI 38, affirming unpublished decision of court of appeals For Franklin: Patrick M. Donnelly, SPD, Madison Appellate Issue/Holding: ¶16. In order to be admissible in a ch. 980 proceeding, all evidence must be relevant and that relevance must not be outweighed by the danger of unfair prejudice. Wis. Stat. § 904.01… Read More

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State v. Shawn Virlee, 2003 WI App 4, PFR filed 1/3/03 For Virlee: Jack E. Schairer Issue/Holding: Barring introduction of the post-petition grant of sentence credit was proper: this evidence “would have been irrelevant to whether the State filed its petition within ninety days of Virlee’s release and would have confused the jury on this… Read More

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