Wisconsin Court of Appeals
Juveniles – TPR — due process
Amanda G. (mother) appeals the orders terminating her parental rights to four of her children: Armary A., Till O., Avril O., and Crystal G. She argues that the trial court erroneously denied her motion for a mistrial because the jury, during the fact-finding phase of the termination proceedings, heard prejudicial testimony. Specifically, Amanda argues that a statement from the children’s case worker during her testimony referring to the children’s foster parents as “adoptive resources,” violated Amanda’s due process rights to a fair trial. We conclude, as did the trial judge, that the improper statement during testimony was a harmless error not requiring a mistrial. We therefore affirm the trial court’s refusal to grant a mistrial. This opinion will not be published.
Dist I, Milwaukee County, Malmstadt, J., Kessler, J.
Attorneys: For Appellant: Zaleski, Steven, Madison; For Respondent: Havas, Michelle Ackerman, Milwaukee