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court of appeals decision (not recommended for publication), supreme court review granted 11/14/12; for Alexander: Hans P. Koesser; case activity Juror Selection / Dismissal – Right to Personal Presence  A defendant has a non-waivable right to personal presence at voir dire, ¶6 (citing, § 971.04(1)(c); and, State v. Harris, 229 Wis. 2d 832, 839, 601 N.W.2d 682 (Ct… Read more

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State v. Edward Beck, 2010AP872-CR, District 4, 10/20/11 court of appeals decision (1-judge, not for publication); pro se; case activity Circuit court is under no obligation to seek extension of the § 809.30(2) limitation period for its ruling on a postconviction motion. ¶6        Beck reads too much into the 2001 amendment to Wis. Stat. § 809.30(2)(i).  The amendment simply added language… Read more

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State v. Howard C. Carter, 2002 WI App 55 For Howard: Charles B. Vetzner, SPD, Madison Appellate Issue/Holding: Although review of a trial court’s determination of subjective (non-)bias of a prospective juror is generally deferential, here review is independent “because this is one of those rare situations where the prospective juror’s unambiguous response, rather than his… Read more

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State v. Scot A. Czarnecki, 2000 WI App 155, 237 Wis.2d 794, 615 N.W.2d 672 For Czarnecki: Patrick M. Donnelly, SPD, Madison Appellate Issue: Whether the trial court should have granted the defense motion to remove a prospective juror who acknowledged believing that police officers would be more credible than other witnesses. Holding: Juror bias is reviewed… Read more

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State v. James H. Oswald, 2000 WI App 3, 232 Wis.2d 103, 606 N.W.2d 238 For Oswald: James L. Fullin, Jr., SPD, Madison Appellate Issue: Whether an equivocal declaration of impartiality by a prospective juror is enough to establish subjective bias, given a trial court’s finding to the contrary. Holding: The issue of a prospective juror’s subjective… Read more

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State v. Nathaniel A. Lindell, 2000 WI App 180, 238 Wis.2d 422, 617 N.W.2d 500, affirmed on other grounds, State v. Nathaniel A. Lindell, 2001 WI 108 For Lindell: Russell L. Hanson; Timothy J. Gaskell Issue: Whether the prospective juror’s allowing, “I think I could” make a fair determination, established subjective bias. Holding: The trial court’s ruling of no… Read more

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State v. Marquis O. Gilliam, 2000 WI App 152, 238 Wis.2d 1, 615 N.W.2d 660 For Gilliam: Robert B. Rondini Issue: Whether the trial court’s denial of a motion to remove a juror based on subjective bias was clearly erroneous. Holding: The issue of a juror’s subjective bias is reviewed deferentially to the trial court’s resolution. Though… Read more

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State v. Jimmie R.R., 2000 WI App 5, 232 Wis.2d 138, 606 N.W.2d 196 For Jimmie R.R.: Martha K. Askins, SPD, Madison Appellate Issue: Whether the trial court erred in refusing to strike for cause a potential juror who was equivocal on his ability to be fair. Holding: The trial court did not err in finding no… Read more

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