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10. Unanimity

State v. Jeffrey L. Elverman, 2015 WI App 91; case activity (including state’s brief) The court rejects all challenges to a conviction of theft of more than $10,000. The issues mostly spring from the state’s use of Wis. Stat. § 971.36(4), which permits, under certain circumstances, the aggregation of multiple thefts into a single count. Elverman was a lawyer… Read More

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State v. Darryl J. Badzinski, 2014 WI 6, reversing unpublished court of appeals decision; case activity Badzinski was charged with sexually assaulting his niece, A.R.B., during a family gathering at the home of his parents. (¶¶8-9). A.R.B. testified the assault occurred in a specific room–the basement laundry room. (¶11). But there was also testimony from multiple defense witnesses… Read More

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State v. Julian L. Perez, 2013AP750-CR, District 1, 12/10/13; court of appeals decision (not recommended for publication); case activity Where the evidence at trial showed that the defendant possessed a firearm over a short span of time at two locations in the same apartment building, the jury did not need to be unanimous as to… Read More

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State v. David J. Galarowicz, 2012AP933-CR, District 3, 12/11/12 court of appeals decision (1 judge; not eligible for publication); case activity Galarowicz was not denied his right to a unanimous jury verdict on one count of disorderly conduct where the evidence showed an incident of disorderly conduct with the victim in the residence and additional conduct… Read More

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Charge Duplicity – Juror Unanimity

State v. Darryl P. Benson, 2010AP2455-CR, District 1, 5/8/12 court of appeals decision (not recommended for publication); for Benson: Mary Scholle, SPD, Milwaukee Appellate; case activity   Sexual assault charges were not duplicitous, and in any event, potential unanimity problem was resolved by the instructions: ¶17      To begin, we conclude that the amended information properly notified… Read More

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State v. Carl Mills, 2010AP1746-CR, District 1, 9/7/11 court of appeals decision (not recommended for publication); for Mills: Randall E. Paulson, SPD, Milwaukee Appellate; case activity Trail counsel was not ineffective for failing to object to jury instructions and verdict forms with respect to unanimity on multiple counts of sexual assault of a single victim… Read More

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State v. Jennette L. Ellifritz, 2010AP713-CR, District 2, 9/1/10 court of appeals decision (1-judge, not for publication); for Ellifritz: Gary Grass; BiC; Resp.; Reply Obstructing – Unanimity – Course of Conduct Because Ellifritz’s actions occurred during a single course of action, over a short (40-second) period of time, instructional failure to require agreement as to… Read More

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State v. Jason K. Van Buren, 2008 WI App 26, PFR filed 1/23/08 For Van Buren: Waring R. Fincke Issue/Holding: Counsel’s failure to request a specific unanimity instruction with respect to juror agreement on which of the identified pictures was both harmful and shown to the victim was not prejudicial: ¶22      We reject this claim… Read More

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