WI Court of Appeals – District I
Case Name: State of Wisconsin v. Jared J. Lanier-Cotton
Case No.: 2020AP1119-CR
Officials: Donald, P.J., Dugan and White, JJ.
Focus: Ineffective Assistance of Counsel
Jared J. Lanier-Cotton appeals his judgment of conviction for substantial battery intending bodily harm, intimidating a witness by use of force, battery to a witness, all as party to a crime, and felony bail jumping. Further, he appeals the trial court’s denial of his motion for postconviction relief. Lanier-Cotton argues he received ineffective assistance of counsel because trial counsel failed to object to the State’s use of other-acts evidence for an impermissible purpose. Additionally, he contends the trial court erroneously admitted testimony that impermissibly vouched for another witness and admitted impermissible hearsay in violation of his constitutional Confrontation Clause rights. Finally, he argues that the trial court erred when it failed to strike a juror for cause. We reject all of his arguments and, accordingly, we affirm.