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c. Awareness of guilt

Review of an unpublished court of appeals decision; case activity (including briefs); petition for review Issues (composed by On Point) (1)  May a prosecutor argue that a defendant’s refusal to submit to a breathalyzer test shows consciousness of guilt? (2)  When a circuit court denies a postconviction motion based on arguably inapplicable case law, must the defendant… Read More

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State v. Daniel K. Rogers, 2012AP186-CR, District 4, 4/17/14; (1-judge opinion, ineligible for publication); case activity The defendant, having been charged with sexual assault and released on bond, allegedly choked his victim to make her to lie on his behalf at trial. The circuit court admitted this as § 904.04(2) “other acts” evidence at the sexual assault… Read More

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IAC Claim – Evidence of Flight

State v. Herbert Ambrose Darden, 2011AP883-CR, District 4, 5/3/12 court of appeals decision (not recommended for publication); for Darden: Angela Conrad Kachelski; case activity Trial counsel correctly construed the holding of State v. Miller, 231 Wis. 2d 447, 460, 605 N.W.2d 567 (Ct. App. 1999): ¶16      This is not the first time that we have been asked to… Read More

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court of appeals decision (3-judge, not recommended for publication); for Oswald: Ellen Henak, SPD, Milwaukee Appellate; BiC; Resp.; Reply Evidence – Consciousness of Guilt Testimony from the Oswald’s parole agent, that Oswald missed an appointment shortly after the incident in question and that he seemed nervous when they later met, was relevant as “consciousness of… Read More

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State v. Pablo G. Quiroz, 2009 WI App 120 For Quiroz: Glen B. Kulkoski Issue/Holding: ¶18      Law and Discussion: It is well established that evidence of flight has probative value as to guilt. See State v. Knighten, 212 Wis. 2d 833, 838-39, 569 N.W.2d 770 (Ct. App. 1997). Analytically, flight is an admission by conduct… Read More

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State v. Lionel N. Anderson, 2005 WI App 238 For Anderson: Harry R. Hertel; Steven H. Gibbs Issue/Holding: Evidence of flight is not other-acts evidence but, rather, “an admission by conduct”; thus, evidence that Anderson fled the state after learning that the police had been contacted was admissible, ¶29, citing, State v. Earl L. Miller… Read More

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State v. William A. Silva, 2003 WI App 191, PFR filed 9/4/03 For Silva: Martin E. Kohler, Brian Kinstler, Donald E. Chewning Issue/Holding: ¶29 …. Silva’s brother testified that on the day of the assault Silva attended a service that discussed the act of “sinning again.” Silva’s brother stated that Silva sat down during the… Read More

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State v. Michael R. Bauer, 2000 WI App 206, 238 Wis. 2d 6887, 617 N.W.2d 902 For Bauer: Thomas Voss Issue: Whether evidence that the defendant, while awaiting trial, solicited the murders of people who were going to testify against him was admissible. Holding: ¶2            Bauer argues that the solicitation evidence was other acts evidence… Read More

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