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State v. Benjamin J. Klapps, 2021 WI App 5; case activity (including briefs) The circuit court granted the state’s petition to revoke Klapps’s conditional release under § 971.17(3)(e), citing in particular the report of a prior examiner who didn’t testify at the revocation hearing and whose report wasn’t entered into evidence. (¶¶2-13). Klapps argued the… Read more

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Jama I. Jama v. Jason C. Gonzalez, 2021 WI App 3; case activity (including briefs) In Wisconsin, a person who brings a legal malpractice suit against the lawyer who represented the person in a criminal case must prove, among other things, that he or she is actually innocent of the criminal charge. Skindzelewski v. Smith… Read more

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State v. Thomas A. Nelson, 2021 WI App 2; case activity (including briefs. This split court of appeals opinion, which is recommended for publication, has “petition granted” written all over it.  Crawford v. Washington, 541 U.S. 36, 68 (2004) held that a trial court violates a defendant’s right to confrontation when it receives into evidence… Read more

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November 2020 publication list

On November 19, 2020, the court of appeals ordered the publication of the following criminal law related decisions: State v. Manuel Garcia, 2020 WI App 71 (voluntary statement obtained in violation of Miranda can’t be used in state’s case-in-chief—period) State v. Alan S. Johnson, 2020 WI App 73 (“Marsy’s Law” gives alleged victim standing to… Read more

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State v. Jack B. Gramza, 2020 WI App 81; case activity (including briefs) If an inmate serving the initial confinement (IC) portion of a bifurcated sentence completes the Substance Abuse Program (SAP), § 302.05(3)(c)2. mandates that the sentencing court “shall” modify the inmate’s sentence by converting the remaining period of IC to extended supervision (ES)… Read more

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State & T.A.J. v. Alan S. Johnson, 2020 WI App 73; case activity (including briefs) This is the first of what will likely be a series of appellate court decisions that re-make criminal litigation in light of “Marsy’s Law,” the recently-passed crime victims’ rights amendment to Article I, § 9m, of the Wisconsin constitution. Johnson… Read more

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October 2020 publication list

On October 29, 2020, the court of appeals ordered the publication of the following criminal law related opinions: State v. Nathaniel R. Lecker, 2020 WI App 65 (overdose aider immunity statute didn’t apply the day after 911 call) State v. Peter J. King, 2020 WI App 66 (upholding severe restrictions on internet use during supervised… Read more

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State v. Manuel Garcia, 2020 WI App 71, petition to review granted, 1/20/21; case activity (including briefs) Even if a court suppresses a defendant’s voluntary statement because it was obtained in violation of Miranda v. Arizona, 384 U.S. 436 (1966), the state may use the statement to impeach the defendant if he or she elects… Read more

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