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2010-11 Term

SVP – Supervised Release Procedure

State v. Edwin Clarence West, 2011 WI 83, affirming unpublished opinion; for West: Ellen Henak, SPD, Milwaukee Appellate; case activity [Companion case: State v. Nordberg, 2011 WI 84 (same result, controlled by West).] Someone under ch. 980 commitment as a sexually violent person bears the burden of proving by clear and convincing evidence the criteria for granting supervised release… Read More

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State v. David J. Balliette, 2011 WI 79, reversing unpublished decision; for Balliette: Steven D. Grunder, SPD, Madison Appellate; case activity Balliette’s pro se § 974.06 motion, asserting ineffective assistance of postconviction counsel for failing to raise ineffective assistance of trial counsel on direct appeal, was insufficiently pleaded to require an evidentiary hearing. Unless you’re an appellate… Read More

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State v. Gregg B. Kandutsch, 2011 WI 78, affirming unpublished decision; for Kandutsch: Eileen A. Hirsch, SPD, Madison Appellate; case activity Computer-Generated Report (Electronic Monitoring Device) – Foundation Expert testimony isn’t necessary to lay a foundation for admissibility for a computer-generated EMD report: ¶28  Closing down a trial is not to be taken lightly, which is why the requirement… Read More

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Madison Metropolitan School District v. Circuit Court for Dane County, 2011 WI 72, affirming summary order; case activity Juvenile Delinquency Disposition – Expelled Student A juvenile delinquency court lacks authority to order a school district to provide educational services to a delinquent whom the district has expelled. ¶5   We conclude: … (2)  A circuit court does not… Read More

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State v. Olu A. Rhodes, 2011 WI 73, reversing unpublished COA decision; for Rhodes: John J. Grau; case activity Although the State’s theory of motive was that Rhodes intentionally shot and killed the victim in retaliation for beating Rhodes’ sister the day before, the trial court reasonably precluded cross-examination of the sister on a prior instance… Read More

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Defendant’s Right (Not) to Testify

State v. Rickey R. Denson, 2011 WI 70, affirming unpublished summary order; for Denson: Donna Odrzywolski; case activity ¶8   A criminal defendant’s constitutional right not to testify is a fundamental right that must be waived knowingly, voluntarily, and intelligently.  However, we conclude that circuit courts are not required to conduct an on-the-record colloquy to determine whether a defendant… Read More

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Steven T. Kilian v. Mercedes-Benz USA, LLC, 2011 WI 65; case activity Statutory Construction – Legislative Acquiesence ¶30 n. 12: “Legislative failure to act is ordinarily weak evidence of legislative intention to acquiesce in or countenance a judicial or executive branch interpretation. . . . Under proper circumstances, however, inaction by the legislature may be… Read More

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order denying motion for reconsideration of in: State v. Dimitri Henley, 2011 WI 67; for Henley: Keith A. Findley; case activity; additional history: 2010 WI 12 (memorandum decision, Roggensack, J.); court order (5/24/10) Henley’s motion to reconsider, though directed formally to the decision reversing grant of new trial, as a practical matter is directed to reconsideration… Read More

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