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State v. John W. Campbell, 2006 WI 99, on certification For Campbell: Charles B. Vetzner, SPD, Madison Appellate Issue/Holding: To attack a custody order as void, in defense against interference with child custody, § 948.31, “the family court would have had to lack subject matter jurisdiction or personal jurisdiction, or Campbell would have had to receive inadequate… Read More

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State v. John W. Campbell, 2006 WI 99, on certification For Campbell: Charles B. Vetzner, SPD, Madison Appellate Issue: Whether a § 948.31 defendant is entitled to raise a common-law privilege defense against the element of “legal custody” by collaterally attacking the court’s custody order as having been procured by fraud. Holding: ¶56      There are good reasons… Read More

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State v. Thomas Scott Bailey Smith, Sr., 2005 WI 104, reversing 2004 WI App 116 For Smith: Patrick M. Donnelly, SPD, Madison Appellate Issue/Holding: Smith’s unsuccessful prior challenge to the court support order bars him, under principles of claim preclusion, from challenging the validity of the order in the present non-support prosecution, ¶¶21-23. The court… Read More

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State v. Waylon Picotte, 2003 WI 42, on certification For Picotte: John T. Wasielewski Issue: Whether conviction for homicide is barred because the victim did not die within a year and a day of infliction of the fatal injuries. Holding: ¶5. We disagree with the circuit court and hold that the defendant’s conviction in this case is… Read More

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State v. John V. Dundon, 226 Wis.2d 654, 594 N.W.2d 780 (1999), on certification For Dundon: William S. Coleman, SPD, Milwaukee Appellate. Holding: ¶36 In Coleman, we recognized that “a narrow defense of privilege under Wis. Stat. § 939.45(6) exists to a charge of felon in possession of a firearm.” Coleman, 206 Wis. 2d at 210. The… Read More

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Defenses – Inability to Pay – Nonsupport

State v. Christopher M. Clutter, 230 Wis.2d 472, 602 N.W.2d 324 (Ct. App. 1999) For Clutter: Martha K. Askins, SPD, Madison Appellate Issue: Whether the nonsupport defense of inability to pay is viable by showing “lack of financial resources alone.” Holding: “(L)ack of financial resources alone is insufficient to demonstrate inability to pay.” Inability to… Read More

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State v. Shonna Hobson, 218 Wis.2d 350, 577 N.W.2d 825 (1998), on certification For Hobson: Keith A. Findley, John A. Pray, LAIP, UW Law School Holding: Wisconsin recognizes a common law privilege to forcibly resist an unlawful arrest (i.e., w/o made w/o probable cause); but having recognized that privilege, the court simultaneously abrogates it (albeit prospectively… Read More

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