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B. Search warrants

State v. Brinkley L. Bridges, 2017AP2311-CR, 9/25/18, District 1 (not recommended for publication); case activity (including briefs) Bridges pled to five felonies involving guns and drugs; the evidence against him was derived, in part, from a warrant police had obtained allowing them to track his cell phone. He argues counsel was ineffective for not challenging… Read More

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COA finds ample probable cause for PBT

State v. Jacqueline M. Datka, 2017AP1886, 4/18/18, District 2 (one-judge decision; ineligible for publication); case activity (including briefs) Datka challenges the officer’s decision to ask for a preliminary breath test after she was stopped on suspicion of OWI. She argues that various factors militated against the conclusion that she was drunk, including that she exhibited… Read More

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State v. Collin M. Gallagher, 2017AP1403, 4/5/18, District 4 (one-judge decision; ineligible for publication); case activity (including briefs) Police took Gallagher’s blood by a warrant that the parties agree was supported by probable cause of operating while intoxicated. He argues, though, that the warrant did not, by its terms, authorize the subsequent testing of his… Read More

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State v. Johnny K. Pinder, 2017AP208-CR, certification granted 3/14/18; case activity (including briefs) Issue (from certification) If a search warrant issued under Wis. Stat. § 968.12 for the placement and use of a GPS tracking device on a motor vehicle is not executed within five days after the date of issuance per Wis. Stat. §… Read More

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State v. Ryan L. Schultz, 2017AP603-CR, 12/20/17, District 2 (1-judge opinion, ineligible for publication); case activity (including briefs). Schultz was convicted of operating a motor vehicle with a prohibited alcohol content 2nd offense. He sought suppression of his blood test results on the grounds that the warrant-issuing judge lacked probable cause, or alternatively, that Officer… Read More

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State v. Bradley E. Ammann, 2017AP866-CR, 12/7/17, District 4 (1-judge opinion, ineligible for publication); case activity (including briefs) A state trooper stopped Ammann for speeding as he and his wife were driving home from a wedding reception. The trooper asked Amman to exit the car and then smelled intoxicants on him. This led to field sobriety tests… Read More

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State v. Willie Brownlee, Jr., 2015AP2319-CR, 11/21/17, District 1, (not recommended for publication); case activity (including briefs) Two officers stopped Brownlee after he drove his rental car through a red light. One officer approached the driver’s side, the other approached the passenger side occupied by Brownlee’s friend. Both smelled the distinct odor of burnt marijuana… Read More

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United States v. Microsoft Corp., USSC No. 17-2, certiorari granted 10/16/17 Question presented: Whether a United States provider of email services must comply with a probable-cause-based warrant issued under 18 U.S.C. § 2703 by making disclosure in the United States of electronic communications within that provider’s control, even if the provider has decided to store… Read More

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