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The odds of getting into Harvard are 5.2%. The odds of SCOTUS granting a petition for writ of certiorari are 1.2%–and only .5% if it is filed in forma pauperis. Yet our very own Andy Hinkel just did it. Without a supreme court clinic or an amicus curiae listed on his cert petition, without a… Read More


Since Justice Abrahamson announced her retirement, SCOWstats (following Posner’s Cardozo: A Study in Reputation), has published a series of posts attempting to measure her influence on the law. Today’s post compares how often she and her colleagues for the past 43 years have been cited in law reviews. Guess who dominates? Click here.  She may… Read More


State v. Dionte J. Nowels, 2018AP1171-CR, 1/8/19, District 1 (not recommended for publication); case activity (including briefs) Nowels pled guilty to hit and run. He later sought plea withdrawal because during his colloquy the trial court failed to state 2 of the crime elements that the State would be required to prove at trial. The… Read More


State v. Victor Yancey, Jr., 2018AP802-CR, 1/8/19, District 2 (1-judge opinion, eligible for publication); case activity (including briefs) Stormy applause for Godfrey & Kahn who took this appeal pro bono and then won it! The court of appeals held that Yancey alleged a prima facie claim for ineffective assistance of counsel when he pled guilty… Read More

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Holiday hiatus

Happy winter solstice! See you in 2019… Read More


Perhaps not, according to this interesting article published by Propublica. It is part of a series of articles about cases involving blood splatter analysis, and the questions about the science have resulted in moves to try to exonerate the convicted defendants. And speaking of forensic sciences, Jennifer Mnookin, a doyen in the forensics reform movement… Read More


Improvements to On Point!

Some things only get better with age: whiskey, cheddar cheese, blue jeans, wine. We hope to add On Point to that list.  Over the past few months, we’ve been working to make it easier to navigate the site, easier to find old posts on the topics you want to research. Here is what we’ve changed… Read More


State v. Faith N. Reed, 2018 WI 109, reversing an unpublished court of appeals decision, 2016AP1609; case activity (including briefs) Here’s something not seen in a while: our state supreme court suppressing evidence because the police violated the Fourth Amendment. You might think it obvious that someone actively trying to keep an officer out of an… Read More