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1998-99 Term

State v. Richard L. Kittilstad, 231 Wis.2d 245, 603 N.W.2d 732 (1999), affirming State v. Kittilstad, 222 Wis.2d 204, 585 N.W.2d 925 (Ct. App. 1998) For Kittilstad: Richard L. Wachowski Issue: Whether threats to interfere with educational opportunity may amount to extortion under § 943.30(1). Holding: A threat to interfere with education is tantamount to… Read More

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County of Kenosha v. C & S Management, 223 Wis.2d 373, 588 N.W.2d 236 (1999), on certification For C & S: Robert R. Henak, and Shellow, Shellow & Glynn Holdings: Obscenity statute, Wis. Stat. § 944.21 (1995-96), survives freedom-of-speech and void-for-vagueness challenges. Expert testimony on community standards isn’t constitutionally required; telephone survey wasn’t relevant, largely… Read More

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State v. Richard L. Kittilstad, 231 Wis.2d 245, 603 N.W.2d 732 (1999), affirming State v. Kittilstad, 222 Wis.2d 204, 585 N.W.2d 925 (Ct. App. 1998) For Kittilstad: Richard L. Wachowski Issue: Whether offering money in exchange for the opportunity to watch sex acts may amount to soliciting prostitution under § 944.32. Holding: The statute requires… Read More

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State v. Joel R. Zarnke, 224 Wis.2d 116, 589 N.W.2d 370 (1999), reversing and remanding, 215 Wis.2d 71, 572 N.W.2d 491 (Ct. App. 1997) For Zarnke: Michael R. Cohen, Wachowski, Johnson & Cohen Issue/Holding: ¶ The issue before the court is whether Wis. Stat. § 948.05 prohibiting the sexual exploitation of a child violates the… Read More

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State v. Danny C. Eesley, 225 Wis.2d 248, 591 N.W.2d 846 (1999), affirming unpublished decision For Eesley: Kyle H. Torvinen, Hendricks, Knudson, Gee, Hayden & Torvinen, S.C. Issue/Holding: A writ of habeas corpus ad prosequendum, § 782.44 (1993-94), is not a detainer and therefore doesn’t trigger the trial deadline of the Interstate Act on Detainers… Read More

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State v. Daniel G. Scheidell, 227 Wis.2d 285, 595 N.W.2d 661 (1999), on reconsideration, State v. Scheidell, 230 Wis.2d 189, 601 N.W.2d 284 (1999), reversing State v. Scheidell, 220 Wis.2d 753, 584 N.W.2d 897 (Ct. App. 1998) For Scheidell: Mitchell E. Cooper, SPD, Madison. Holding: Scheidell sought to introduce evidence that, while he was in jail awaiting trial on this… Read More

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State v. John J. Watson, 227 Wis.2d 167, 595 N.W.2d 403 (1999), reversing unpublished decision For Watson: Richard D. Martin, SPD, Milwaukee Appellate Holding: Admissibility of a psychologist’s (preliminary hearing, 980 proceeding) testimony that Watson’s crime was sexually motivated is upheld: ¶ 52. … While the average lay person may be able to draw reasonable… Read More

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State v. Robert A. Mendoza, 227 Wis.2d 838, 596 N.W.2d 736 (1999), reversing State v. Mendoza 220 Wis.2d 803, 584 N.W.2d 174 (Ct. App. 1998) For Mendoza: Michael K. Gould, SPD, Milwaukee Appellate Issue/Holding: Striking jurors (at state’s request) merely because they have criminal records is “an error of law,” ¶24. The court, however, goes on to review whether… Read More

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