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The Green Bay Press Gazette reports that someone who’s been “in and around the courthouse” has tested positive for the novel coronavirus. This has resulted in the indefinite closing of both the courthouse and the DA’s office. Outagamie County is asking those who’ve practiced in the Brown County Courthouse within the past 10 days not to appear in Outagamie.

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Instead of 90 days, petitioners now have 150 days  from the date of the lower court judgment, order denying discretionary review, or order denying a timely petition for rehearing to file their petition for write of certiorari. This relaxed deadline will remain in place indefinitely. SCOTUS has modified other rules too. Read the full order here.

UPDATE: Scotusblog notes that, for civil cert petitions (which include habeas corpus cases and mental commitments) the 150 days runs into the maximum statutory deadline allowable. So, civil petitioners should not be expecting any more time; criminal petitioners would also be wise to treat the 150 days as non-extendable.

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This was bound to happen. A Waupun prison employee has tested positive of COVID-19, which puts our clients incarcerated there at risk. Read more here.  Meanwhile the ACLU is calling for the DOC to release some prisoners to guard against the rapid spread of the disease. Read more on that here.

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This change will not apply to people who have committed crimes or who pose a threat to public safety. And ICE says it will not carry out enforcement operation near health care facilities because it wants people to seek care. Read more on the Immigration Professors blog here.

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Online video notaries?

Thank goodness Wisconsin moved to e-filing before the pandemic. However, some documents still have to be notarized before they can be e-filed. Is it possible to do that without going to the office? Yes, in the states that have online video notaries. Read more here. So far, Wisconsin is not one of them.

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Due to the public health emergency created by COVID-19, the Wisconsin Supreme Court has decided to limit temporarily the number of people who are physically present in appellate court offices and to modify temporarily certain appellate procedures. For the court’s order, click here. Our summary and explanation is below. Read more

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The coronavirus in prisons

Concerned about your clients? There is good reason to be. The Marshall Project just published this piece on what it is like to be under quarantine in a Washington state prison where a prison employee tested positive for COVID-19.

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State v. Jamie Lane Stephenson, 2018AP2104, petition to review a published court of appeals decision granted 3/17/20; case activity

Issues:

  1. To prove that a person meets the criteria for commitment under Chapter 980, must the state present expert opinion testimony that the person is “dangerous” as defined under ch. 980?
  2. Should the standard of review of the sufficiency of the evidence of dangerousness in a Chapter 980 case be changed to require that a reviewing court conduct a de novo review of whether the evidence satisfies the legal standard of dangerousness?

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