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14. Residual exceptions

State v. Angel Mercado, 2018AP2419-CR, petition for review of a published decision granted 5/19/20; case activity Issues (from the State’s petition for review): 1.  Did the court of appeals contravene §901.03(1)(a) when it directly reviewed Mercado’s forfeited challenges to the admission of the victims’ forensic interview videos into evidence? 2.  Did the circuit court court… Read More

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State v. Angel Mercado, 2020 WI App 14, petition for review granted, 5/19/20; case activity (including briefs) The court of appeals orders a new trial for Mercado on the grounds the circuit court erred in admitting the video statements of three children who accused him of sexually assaulting them. The circuit court didn’t comply with… Read More

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State v. B.H., 2016AP892-893, District 1, 12/28/16 (1-judge opinion, ineligible for publication) B.H.’s twins were taken from her due to a report of violence between her and their father. The trial court found that she had failed to meet the conditions for their return and to assume parental responsibility. B.H. argues that those findings rest upon inadmissible… Read More

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State v. D.L., 2016AP735 & 2016AP736, District 1, 8/18/16 (one-judge decision; ineligible for publication); case activity The trial court didn’t err in admitting multiple hearsay statements made by D.L.’s children about her treatment of them or in admitting expert testimony about whether D.L. had a “strong bond” or “positive and healthy relationships” with her children… Read More

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Ineffective Assistance of Counsel

State v. Michael A. Clements, 2010AP1978-CR, District 4, 10/13/11 court of appeals decision (not recommended for publication); for Clements: Steven D. Grunder, SPD, Madison Appellate; case activity Counsel’s performance not deficient, against claims that he failed to: impeach the complainant with a prior recorded statement; object on hearsay grounds to admissibility of her statement to a school counselor… Read More

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court of appeals decision (3-judge; not recommended for publication); for Jackson: Byron C. Lichstein; BiC; Resp.; Reply Hearsay, Child Sexual Assault, Residual Exception Statements by youthful sex assault complainants admissible under residual hearsay exception, court rejecting idea that it’s thereby allowing exception to swallow general rule against hearsay admissibility; confrontation objection forfeited). Counsel – Strategic… Read More

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State v. Derek Anderson, 2005 WI 54, on certification For Anderson: Neil C. McGinn, SPD, Milwaukee Trial; Wm. J. Tyroler, SPD, Milwaukee Appellate Issue/Holding: ¶59 We agree with the State that while Krnak’s statement to Ellifson does not technically qualify as an excited utterance, or statement of recent perception due to timing problems, it does… Read More

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State v. Jimmie R.R., 2004 WI App 168, motion for reconsideration denied 9/15/04 For Jimmie R.R.: Martha K. Askins, SPD, Madison Appellate Issue/Holding: A child’s videotaped statement may be admitted under the residual exception, § 908.03(24), without satisfying all the requirements of § 908.08. ¶40. The trial court properly applied the trustworthiness test of State… Read More

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