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Ineffective Counsel

By: WISCONSIN LAW JOURNAL STAFF//January 30, 2023//

Ineffective Counsel

By: WISCONSIN LAW JOURNAL STAFF//January 30, 2023//

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WI Court of Appeals – District I

Case Name: State of Wisconsin v. Keonta Latrez Moore

Case No.: 2022AP000325-CR

Officials: Brash, C.J., Donald, P.J., and Dugan, J.

Focus: Ineffective Counsel

Keonta Latrez Moore appeals his judgment of conviction for one count of first-degree reckless injury, one count of first-degree recklessly endangering safety, and possession of a firearm by a felon. He also appeals the order denying his postconviction motion for a new trial. Moore argues that his trial counsel was ineffective for failing to raise a multiplicity objection, based on the recklessly endangering safety offense being a lesser-included crime to reckless injury. He further asserts that counsel was ineffective for failing to object to the jury instructions as being inadequate to protect his right to a unanimous verdict, because they did not specify the alleged acts for each charge against Moore.

The appeals court reasoned that the charges brought against Moore were not multiplicitous and his right to a unanimous verdict was not violated. As a result, he has not established that his trial counsel was ineffective for failing to raise these issues. Thus, the trial court did not err in denying Moore’s postconviction motion without a hearing.

Affirmed.

Decided 01/24/23

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