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D. Defendant’s presence

State v. Deshawn Harold Jewell, 2017AP2503-CR, 10/30/18. District 1 (not recommended for publication); case activity (including briefs) Jewell claims that he is innocent of armed robbery, so his identity was an issue at trial. During deliberations,  the jury asked the trial court for the “six pack” of pictures of people who appeared in the police… Read More

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State v. Michael L. Washington, 2018 WI 3, 1/9/18, affirming a published court of appeals decision; case activity (including briefs) The supreme court determines that, despite the absence of any colloquy, a defendant who was not present for his trial waived his statutory right to be there. As we noted in our prior post on… Read More

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State v. Ricky C. Anderson, 2017 WI App 17; case activity (including briefs) Ricky Anderson pled to a sexual assault by telephone from prison, with his attorney, the prosecutor and the judge all in the courtroom. The court of appeals concludes the court did not do enough to establish either that Anderson knowingly waived his… Read More

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Right to be present at trial waived

State v. Michael L. Washington, 2017 WI App 6, petition for review granted 4/10/17, affirmed, 2018 WI 3; case activity (including briefs) Michael Washington was set to go on trial for burglary and obstructing an officer. On the morning of the first day of trial, before voir dire, Washington began complaining about his attorney, engaged in a contentious… Read More

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State v. Eddie Lee Anthony, 2015 WI 20, affirming unpublished COA decision; click here for docket and briefs Resolving an issue of first impression, SCOW has decided that a defendant may forfeit his constitutional right to testify by stating an intent to bring up irrelevant matters or by engaging in conduct incompatible with the assertion… Read More

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Defendant’s Presence — Jury Selection

State v. Garren G. Gribble, 2001 WI App 227 For Gribble: Charles B. Vetzner, SPD, Madison Appellate Issue: Whether the trial court erred in questioning prospective jurors outside the presence of defendant and counsel, on “hardship and infirmity requests” not to serve. Holding: Questioning jurors about undue hardships “does not implicate the purposes of voir… Read More

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State v. Lawrence P. Peters, 2000 WI App 154, 237 Wis. 2d 741, 615 N.W.2d 655, petition for rev. gr., 11/15/00, reversed on other grounds, 2001 WI 74 For Peters: Jane K. Smith Issue: Whether a prior offense may be used to enhance a current one, where the plea and sentencing on the prior offense… Read More

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Defendant’s Presence — jury selection.

State v. Larry D. Harris, 229 Wis.2d 832, 601 N.W.2d 682 (Ct. App. 1999). For Harris: William S. Coleman, SPD, Milwaukee Appellate. Issue: Whether defendant’s rights to presence and counsel were violated by their absence from at least part of voir dire. Holding: Defendant has both a nonwaivable statutory right to presence, and also a… Read More

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