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10. Unanimity

State v. David A. Dearborn, 2008 WI App 131, affirmed, 2010 WI 84, ¶2 n. 3 For Dearborn: Eileen A. Hirsch, SPD, Madison Appellate Issue/Holding: Unanimity is not required on whether the defendant “resisted” or “obstructed” a warden on a charge of violating § 29.951, ¶¶21-42. All the rest is commentary. (Translated: the court undertakes a… Read More

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State v. William G. Johnson, 2001 WI 52, 243 Wis. 2d 365, 627 N.W.2d 455 For Johnson: Martha K. Askins, SPD, Madison Appellate Issue: Whether § 948.025 (repeated sexual assault of a child) violates the rights to due process and unanimous verdict by not requiring unanimity that each predicate act occurred. Holding: Unanimity is required on the… Read More

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State v. Gordon Hammer, 216 Wis. 2d 214, 576 N.W.2d 285 (Ct. App 1997) For Hammer: Charles W. Jones, Jr. Issue: Whether juror unanimity is required for burglary, as to which felony was intended during the unlawful entry. Holding: In addressing Hammer’s unanimity claim, we engage in a two-step process. We must first determine whether… Read More

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