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State v. Ronald Henry Griffin, 2020AP1750-CR, 2/22/22, District 1; case activity (including briefs) Griffin and his friend, Taylor, were charged with sexually assaulting T.H. Taylor pled and agreed to testify against Griffin, who went to trial and was found guilty. He filed a pro se appeal arguing that (1) the State failed to turn over… Read more


State v. Rory David Revels, 2021AP1185-CR, District 4, 1/13/21 (one-judge decision; ineligible for publication); case activity (including briefs) The circuit court held the police violated Revels’s due process rights by failing to preserve the footage from the squad car camera and body camera of the officer who stopped Revels. The court of appeals reverses, holding… Read more

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County of Calumet v. Lisa L. Dolajeck, 2014AP2100, District 2, 1/21/15 (one-judge opinion; ineligible for publication); case activity The court of appeals here affirms a decision denying a motion to dismiss OWI charges and a motion to suppress evidence obtained during a traffic stop. It holds that the sheriff in this case had reasonable suspicion… Read more


Exculpatory Evidence – Duty to Preserve

State v. Thomas R. McEssey, 2011AP2668-CR, District 4, 9/20/12 court of appeals decision (not recommended for publication); case activity The police inadvertently destroyed a recording of a phone conversation between McEssey and the alleged victim. (A separate, but partial recording – containing only the latter’s side of the conversation – was made, misplaced, and belatedly… Read more


State v. Michael Anthony Lock, 2012 WI App 99 (recommended for publication); case activity Other-Acts Evidence  Lock was tried and convicted for homicide, kidnapping and possession with intent to deliver. The State elicited testimony from numerous witnesses to the effect that Lock headed a vast criminal enterprise, of which these crimes were a part in… Read more


State v. Christopher J. Anderson, 2009AP3053-CR, District 1, 3/27/12 court of appeals decision (not recommended for publication); pro se; case activity; prior history: 2008AP504-CR Anderson’s prior appeal established that “the trial court erred when it denied his request for an in camera review of [police] personnel files because he had both a constitutional and statutory right to… Read more


Exculpatory Evidence – “Materiality”

Juan Smith v. Cain, USSC No. 10-8145, 1/10/12 Statements by the sole eyewitness, who identified Smith at trial as one of the perpetrators, that in fact he couldn’t see the faces of the perpetrators were “material” to determination of Smith’s guilt. Therefore, the state’s failure to disclose these statements before trial violated Smith’s due process… Read more


court of appeals decision (1-judge, not for publication); pro se; case activity Plea Withdrawal – Nelson/Bentley Hearing – Exculpatory Evidence  Ardell wasn’t entitled to a hearing on his postconviction plea-withdrawal motion premised on alleged suppression of exculpatory evidence. The court holds that, even assuming that the State did withhold exculpatory evidence, the motion failed to… Read more