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Waukesha County v. M.A.C., 2024 WI 30, 7/5/24, reversing an unpublished court of appeals decision; case activity (including briefs) In a big defense win, 6 justices agree that M.A.C. is entitled to relief, with four justices joining together to dismantle SCOW’s prior decision in S.L.L. with respect to notice and default judgment in Chapter 51 proceedings… Read more

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Marathon County v. N.R.P., 2023AP638, 6/11/24, District III (one-judge decision; ineligible for publication); case activity In yet another Chapter 51 reversal, COA finds fault with both the circuit court’s decision to admit and rely on hearsay evidence and its failure to make the required findings. Hearsay Evidence As is common at recommitment proceedings, the County… Read more

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Brown County v. R.J.M., 2024AP206, 5/7/24, District II (one-judge decision; ineligible for publication); case activity Despite the doctor’s imprecise and generic testimony, COA holds that admission of his report resolves any deficiencies in the record and affirms. This appeal of recommitment and involuntary medication orders presents three common issues, all of which are resolved with… Read more

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Racine County v. P.Z., 2024AP146-FT, 5/1/24, District II (one-judge decision; ineligible for publication); case activity In a relatively straightforward appeal of a recommitment order, COA rejects P.Z.’s sufficiency challenges and affirms. “Paul” challenges the evidence used to obtain this recommitment order, arguing that his dated conduct in 2015 does not prove current dangerousness. (¶12). COA… Read more

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Racine County v. C.B., 2023AP2018-FT, 3/20/24, District II (one-judge decision; ineligible for publication); case activity In a factually-specific appeal of a recommitment order, COA rejects all of C.B.’s arguments and affirms. “Banks” has been under a Chapter 51 order since 2015, following an NGI verdict in a criminal case in which he apparently fled from… Read more

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Waukesha County v. G.M.M., 2023AP1359, 3/13/24, District II (one-judge decision; ineligible for publication); case activity In an appeal presenting a straightforward D.J.W. claim, COA affirms while also giving credence to harmless error arguments. This is an appeal from G.M.M.’s second 51 extension order. (¶2). The circuit court granted the County’s petition after a contested hearing, finding that… Read more

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Portage County v. D.P.W.O., 2023AP1975, 3/7/24, District IV (one-judge decision; ineligible for publication); case activity In yet another appeal challenging the use of hearsay statements contained within an examiner’s report, COA rejects D.P.W.O.’s attempt to use the plain error doctrine to prove that this unpreserved error merits reversal of the extension order. At D.P.W.O.’s extension… Read more

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Defense Win! Yet another DJW reversal

Winnebago County v. T.S., 2023AP1267, 3/6/24, District II (one-judge decision; ineligible for publication); case activity In yet another 51 appeal attacking the sufficiency of the circuit court’s findings, COA rejects the County’s arguments and reverses. “Terry” was originally placed in DHS custody following an NGI verdict in his 2018 criminal case. (¶3). Shortly before his… Read more

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