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c. Interests of justice

State v. Kenneth M. Davis, 2011 WI App 147 (recommended for publication); for Davis: Robert R. Henak; case activity; reissuance after prior decision withdrawn Several items of testimony, coming to light after trial, directly contradict the trial testimony of the main State’s witnesses, leading the court to conclude that the real issue in controversy – Davis’s… Read More

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State v. Brian K. Avery, 2011 WI App 148 (recommended for publication), supreme court review granted, 2/23/12; for Avery: Keith A. Findley; case activity; prior 974.06 appeal: 2008AP500-CR; direct appeal: 1997AP317 Newly Discovered Evidence – New Forensic  Method – Photogrammetric Analysis  Expert photogrammetric opinion, derived from video enhancement technology (“VISAR”) not commercially available until after Avery’s trial… Read More

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State v. Paschall Lee Sanders, 2011 WI App 125 (recommended for publication); for Sanders: Ellen Henak, SPD, Milwaukee Appellate; case activity The definitions of “mental disorder” in since-amended pattern instruction Wis JI—Criminal 2502 (2009), though concededly contradictory, didn’t prevent from being tried the issue of whether Sanders qualified for commitment as a sexually violent person: ¶14      As we… Read More

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Florence County Department of Human Services v. Jennifer B., 2011AP88, District 3, 8/19/11 court of appeals decision (1-judge, not for publication); for Jennifer B.: Martha K. Askins, Shelley Fite, SPD, Madison Appellate; case activity Removal from jury consideration of a ground for termination (CHIPS orders) without prior discussion between court and parties was error: ¶10      While… Read More

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State v. Scott Maher, 2010AP460, District 4, 5/26/11 court of appeals decision (not recommended for publication); for Maher: Donald T. Lang, SPD, Madison Appellate; case activity Testimony from a State’s expert witness describing the ch. 980 screening process was irrelevant. ¶11      We addressed the issue of the admissibility of this same type of evidence in State v… Read More

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State v. Alan Keith Burns, 2011 WI 22, affirming unpublished decision; for Burns: David R. Karpe; case activity The court rejects Burns’s claim for a new trial in the interest of justice premised on three grounds: 1. Burns was unable to cross-examine the complainant on her implication that he took her virginity; 2. evidence of prior sexual assaults of the complainant… Read More

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Winnebago County DHHS v. Thomas C. W., 2010AP847, District 2, 3/16/11 court of appeals decision (1-judge, not for publication); for Thomas C.W.: Theresa J. Schmieder; case activity Though trial counsel was ineffective with respect to a single discrete oversight – failure to lodge a meritorious motion for judgment notwithstanding verdict as to one of the… Read More

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State v. Quentin J. Louis, 2009AP2502-CR, District 3, 3/15/11 court of appeals decision (not recommended for publication); for Louis: Edward J. Hunt; amicus, Wis. Innocence Project: Keith A. Findley, Peter Shawn Moreno; case activity Trial court grant of new trial in interest of justice upheld as proper exercise of discretion:  the issue in controversy wasn’t… Read More

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