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Ineffective Assistance of Counsel-Insufficient Evidence

By: WISCONSIN LAW JOURNAL STAFF//November 20, 2023//

Ineffective Assistance of Counsel-Insufficient Evidence

By: WISCONSIN LAW JOURNAL STAFF//November 20, 2023//

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WI Court of Appeals – District I

Case Name: State of Wisconsin v. Trenton Adrian Brown

Case No.: 2022AP001570-CR

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

Focus: Ineffective Assistance of Counsel-Insufficient Evidence

Trenton Adrian Brown appeals a judgment entered following a jury trial convicting him of one count of possessing heroin with intent to deliver, as a party to a crime and repeater, and one count of obstructing an officer, and an order denying postconviction relief. On appeal, Brown contends that his trial counsel was ineffective for failing to file a motion to suppress, and he is entitled to an evidentiary hearing. In addition, Brown contends that there was insufficient evidence to convict him of obstruction. The appeals court concludes that trial counsel was not ineffective for failing to file a motion to suppress. However, there was insufficient evidence to convict Brown of obstruction. Accordingly, the appeals court affirms the conviction for possession with intent to deliver heroin and reverses the conviction for obstructing an officer.

Affirmed in part and reversed in part.

Decided 11/14/23

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