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7. Contempt

Julie C. Valadez v. Hon. Michael J. Aprahamian, 2021AP994, 2021AP1186, and 2021AP1436; 2/2/22, District 2 (1-judge opinions, ineligible for publication); case activity for 2021AP994, 2021AP1186, and 2021 AP1436 (including briefs) In a child custody battle, the circuit court found Valadez, pro se, in contempt of court for: (1) sending it ex parte emails after being… Read more

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State v. Lamondo D. Turrubiates, 2020AP233, 11/23/21, District 3 (one-judge decision; ineligible for publication); case activity (including briefs) Police arrested Turrubiates and the state charged him with several counts having to do with an alleged assault on his girlfriend. During the arrest police took his phone. The state came to believe the phone might contain… Read more

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State v. Angelina Hansen, 2019AP1105, 7/27/21, District 3 (not recommended for publication); case activity (including briefs) Hansen’s triplet fourth-graders were in the legal custody of their father; he also had primary physical placement of the children. The family court’s order provided that she was to have “supervised placement only” with certain conditions, for two to… Read more

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OLR v. Michael D. Petersen, 2016AP563-D, 12/15/17 (case activity ) I am a crook. I am a cheat. I am a thief. I am a liar. I was convicted of a crime on November 9th, 2015. My conviction resulted from my intentional choice to sell my own clients down the river and then trying to… Read more

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State v. William A. Wisth, 2016AP1481-CR, 5/24/17, District 2 (1-judge opinion, ineligible for publication); case activity (including briefs) After Wisth, acting pro se, and the State picked a jury for his criminal case, the judge instructed the jurors “not to discuss the case with anyone.” The next day before trial, Wisch appeared by the public entrance to the courthouse with… Read more

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United States v. Karenza S. Pickering, 7th Circuit Court of Appeals No. 14-3730, 7/23/15 Because there was no proof—let alone the required proof beyond a reasonable doubt—that Pickering willfully disobeyed a summons for jury duty, her conviction for criminal contempt is reversed. At the conclusion of [Pickering’s] testimony [at the show cause hearing] the judge declared her guilty of… Read more

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Michelle L. Steele & State of Wisconsin v. Jason G. Foster, 2014AP1947, District 3, 7/31/15 (one-judge decision; ineligible for publication); case activity (including briefs) The circuit court’s held Foster in contempt for failing to comply with the court’s child support payment order. While the circuit court’s findings of fact in support of its contempt order were… Read more

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Town of Stettin v. Hoeppner, Appeal No. 2103AP1201, 3/11/14, District 3 (1-judge, ineligible for publication); case activity The Hoeppners found themselves on the wrong side of an action seeking judicial enforcement of certain town ordinances.  When they settled the case, they stipulated to a finding that they were in contempt and to the conditions they… Read more

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