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2. Against interest statements

State v. Christopher Deshawn McGinnis, 2017AP2224-CR, 3/5/19, District 1 (not recommended for publication); case activity (including briefs) The court of appeals found certain hearsay statements admissible under the “statement against penal interest” and “prior inconsistent statement” exceptions to the hearsay rule. It also held that part of a detective’s testimony qualified as hearsay, but its… Read More

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Hearsay – Against-Interest Statement

State v. Devon A. Sheriff, 2009AP3095-CR, District 1, 11/16/10  court of appeals decision (3-judge, not recommended for publication); for Sheriff: Jeffrey W. Jensen; Sheriff BiC; State Resp. Sheriff, convicted at jury trial of participating in drug sale, unsuccessfully appeals trial judge’s refusal to admit into evidence codefendant’s statements. ¶12      We conclude that the statements that… Read More

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court of appeals decision (1-judge; ineligible for publication) Statement against Interest, Exculpating Defendant Against-interest statement exculpating defendant admissible. Declarant unavailable, given reasonable but unsuccessful efforts to subpoena. Contrary to trial court, statement not ambiguous but was direct admission of crime and corroborated by having been made to different people on different occasions… Read More

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State v. Patrick Jackson, 2007 WI App 145, PFR filed 6/6/07 For Jackson: Marcella De Peters Issue/Holding: ¶20 Although finding that Natisha Watkins was unavailable as a witness because it permitted her to assert her Fifth Amendment right, the trial court excluded what Natisha Watkins told Papka because it determined that her statement that Carlos… Read More

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State v. Joseph J. Guerard, 2004 WI 85, reversing unpublished decision of court of appeals For Guerard: Joseph L. Sommers Issue/Holding: ¶23. The central issue in this case is the extent of corroboration required under Wis. Stat. § 908.045(4) for statements tending to expose the declarant to criminal liability and offered to exculpate the accused. We addressed this… Read More

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State v. Sherrie S. Tucker, 2003 WI 12, on certification For Tucker: Paul LaZotte, SPD, Madison Appellate Issue/Holding: ¶32. At the postconviction hearing, the circuit court upheld its prior ruling that McCray’s statements were not admissible as either statements against penal interest or under the residual exception to the hearsay rule. The circuit court noted… Read More

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State v. Luther Williams, III, 2002 WI 58, on certification For Williams: Martha K. Askins, SPD, Madison Appellate Issue: Whether Williams satisfied the unavailability requirement necessary to admit a declarant’s against-interest hearsay statement exculpating the defendant, § 908.045(4). Holding: Unavailability is determined by § 908.04(1)(e), and requires a “good-faith effort” and due diligence” in attempting… Read More

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State v. Luther Williams, III, 2002 WI 58, on certification For Williams: Martha K. Askins, SPD, Madison Appellate Issue:/Holding: The exclusion of hearsay evidence proffered by the defense is tested under the “two-part framework” of State v. St. George, 2002 WI 50, ¶51, or “whether the proffered evidence was ‘essential to’ the defense, and whether… Read More

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