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Ineffective Assistance of Counsel

WI Court of Appeals – District III

Case Name: State of Wisconsin v. Michael L. Brantner

Case No.: 2019AP710-CR

Officials: Stark, P.J., Hruz and Seidl, JJ.

Focus: Ineffective Assistance of Counsel

Michael Brantner appeals a judgment, entered upon a jury’s verdict, convicting him of one count of repeated sexual assault of the same child, contrary to WIS. STAT. § 948.025(1)(b) (2017-18), and an order denying his postconviction motion for a new trial. Brantner argues the circuit court erred by excluding evidence that supported his defense. Brantner also contends that his trial counsel was ineffective by failing to impeach a State’s witness with his prior convictions. Brantner alternatively claims that the cumulative effect of these claimed errors entitles him to a new trial. We reject Brantner’s arguments and affirm the judgment and order.

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