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State v. Oscar C. Thomas, 2020AP32, petition for review of a published decision granted 1/11/2022; case activity (including briefs) Issues presented (from the petition): Whether the Court of Appeals applied the wrong standard in determining that admission of DNA evidence in violation of [Thomas’s] right of Confrontation was harmless? Whether the Court of Appeals erred… Read more

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State v.  Larry Jackson, 2020AP2119-CR, petition for review of a per curiam opinion granted   1/11/22; case activity (including briefs) Issue (derived from Jackson’s petition for review): When a defendant claims ineffective assistance of counsel based on his trial lawyer’s failure to investigate alibi witnesses, and the State responds that these witnesses have credibility issues, may… Read more

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State v. Tomas Jaymitchell Hoyle, 2020AP1876-CR, 1/11/22, District 3 (recommended for publication); case activity (including briefs) Hoyle chose to remain silent at his trial for child sexual assault. During closing arguments, the DA repeatedly argued that the testimony from “Hannah” (the alleged victim) was “uncontroverted” and the jury “heard no evidence disputing her account of… Read more

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State v. T.A., 2020AP1350, 12/28/21, District 3 (1-judge opinion, ineligible for publication); case activity Tanner (16) had sex with a girl (16) after she told him to “stop.” The circuit court adjudicated him delinquent and imposed but stayed a requirement that he register as a sex offender. Subsequently, the court lifted the stay and ordered… Read more

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December 2021 publication list

On December 27, 2021, the court of appeals ordered publication of the following criminal law related decisions: State v. Laverne Ware, Jr., 2021 WI App 83 (emergency aid exception justified entry into garage where corpse was found) State v. Alex Scott Stone, 2021 WI App 84 (restitution award twice the value of the victim’s property… Read more

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State v. Nestor Luis Vega, 2021AP126-CR, District 4, 12/23/21 (not recommended for publication); case activity (including briefs) Vega testified at his trial on drug delivery charges and denied he had sold drugs to the informant and that the informant was not telling the truth. (¶12). On cross examination, the prosecutor, over defense counsel’s objections, asked… Read more

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State v. Randy J. Promer, 2020AP1715-CR, 12/21/21, District 3 (not recommended for publication); case activity (including briefs). Last term, SCOTUS rejected the idea that “community caretaking” is a standalone doctrine that justifies warrantless searches and seizures in the home. See Caniglia v. Strom, 141 S. Ct. 1596 (2021). Concurring opinions raised the possibility that the… Read more

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Waupaca County v. G.T.H., 2021AP1490, 12/23/21, District 4 (1-judge opinion, ineligible for publication); case activity At Waupaca County’s request, the circuit court entered recommitment and medication orders against G.T.H. Six months later, the County conceded that the circuit court had failed to make the factual findings required by Langlade County v. D.J.W., 2020 WI 41, ¶¶3… Read more

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