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State v. Jeffrey C. Denny, 2017 WI 17, reversing a published court of appeals decision; 2015AP202-CR, 2/28/2017; case activity (including briefs) In State v. Moran, 2005 WI 115, 284 Wis. 2d 24, 700 N.W.2d 884, the supreme court unanimously held that Wis. Stat. § 974.07, the postconviction DNA testing statute, provides two routes for a convicted… Read More

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Review of an unpublished court of appeals decision; case activity (including briefs); petition for review Issues (composed by On Point) (1)  May a prosecutor argue that a defendant’s refusal to submit to a breathalyzer test shows consciousness of guilt? (2)  When a circuit court denies a postconviction motion based on arguably inapplicable case law, must the defendant… Read More

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Making a Murderer fans may be interested to see the Motion for Post-Conviction Scientific Testing that Steven Avery filed in the Manitowoc county Circuit Court on Friday.  His lawyer, Kathleen Zellner, told reporters this comprehensive testing will “get to the bottom of who killed Teresa Halbach.” Click here to read Avery’s motion… Read More

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State v. Jermaine D. Greer, Sr., 2015AP692, District 4, 7/21/16 (one-judge decision; ineligible for publication); case activity (including briefs) Greer filed a pro se motion for postconviction relief under § 974.06. It is his fourth postconviction motion and—like his third postconviction motion, which he also filed pro se—it argued he is entitled to withdraw his pleas. Greer doesn’t explain why the… Read More

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State v. Michael R. Hess, 2015AP2423, 7/20/16, District 2 (1-judge opinion; ineligible for publication) case activity A decade after the circuit court entered a default judgment and revoked Hess’s license due to a drunk-driving event, he filed a motion to vacate per §806.07(1)(h). He claimed that he was not served with the notice of intent to revoke… Read More

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Review of a published court of appeals opinion; case activity (including briefs) Issue (from the State’s Petition for Review) Did the court of appeals misapply State v. Moran, 2005 WI 115, 284 Wis. 2d 24, 700 N.W.2d 884, when it held that a defendant seeking postconviction DNA testing of “relevant” evidence under § 974.07(2) need not… Read More

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State v. Jeffrey C. Denny, 2016 WI App 27, petition for review granted 6/15/16, overruled, 2017 WI 17; case activity (including briefs) If you are thinking about filing a motion under § 974.07 or are in the middle of litigating such a motion, you’ll want to read this decision. The court of appeals holds Denny is entitled to… Read More

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State v. Royce L. Hawthorne, 2014AP1566/67, 5/12/15, District 1 (not recommended for publication); click here for briefs Hawthorne filed a pro se appeal from the denial of his §974.06 postconviction motion, which raised 9 claims of ineffective assistance of postconviction counsel and 3 claims of ineffective assistance of appellate counsel. The court of appeals dispensed… Read More

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