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Case Digests - WI Court of Appeals

Apr 1, 2024

Insurance Coverage

The dispute in this case surrounds a homeowner’s insurance policy (hereinafter, “the policy”) issued by the Massachusetts Bay Insurance Company (MBIC) to the insureds, Bret and Amy Achtenhagen, and whether that policy provided them with coverage for “personal liability” and “medical payments to others” following a utility terrain vehicle (UTV) accident away from their primary residen[...]

Apr 1, 2024

Suppression of Evidence-Right to Counsel

Peterson, acting pro se, was convicted of homicide by intoxicated use of a vehicle with a prior intoxicant-related conviction and challenged the circuit court's decision on several grounds.

Apr 1, 2024

Postconviction Relief- ineffective Assistance of Counsel

Durocher, representing himself, had appealed the circuit court's decision, arguing it erred in denying his motion without a hearing.

Mar 25, 2024

Termination of Parental Rights

Kevin appeals from circuit court orders terminating his parental rights to his children, Keanu, Kyle, and Keith.

Mar 25, 2024

Ineffective Assistance of Counsel

Derrick Dwayne Conn, Sr., appeals a judgment of conviction for first-degree sexual assault of a child, and an order denying his postconviction motion.

Mar 25, 2024

Jury Instructions-Ineffective Assistance of Counsel

The State charged Tipton with attempted second-degree sexual assault of a child under sixteen years of age arising out of allegations that Tipton attempted to have sexual contact with his girlfriend’s 13-year-old daughter, A.B., on June 28, 2019.

Mar 18, 2024

Sufficiency of Evidence

Margaret Bach, pro se, appeals from an injunction issued against her pursuant to WIS. STAT. § 813.123 (2021-22),1 prohibiting her from interfering with the delivery of protective services to her adult son, Aaron, and from contacting Aaron without the consent of his guardian, Life Navigators, Inc.

Mar 18, 2024


Hoffman, pro se, appeals from a judgment awarding $7,333.80 to Travis Layher and ordering Layher to return a vehicle to Hoffman at Hoffman’s expense.

Mar 18, 2024

Postconviction Relief-Evidence Exclusion-Ineffective Assistance

On May 15, 2017, Gianna, the daughter of Hall’s girlfriend, informed law enforcement that Hall had sexually assaulted her the night before.

Mar 18, 2024

Postconviction Relief-Ineffective Assistance of Counsel-Sanctions

In his eighth attempt to obtain postconviction relief, Rafeal D. Newson appeals the circuit court’s orders denying his petition for habeas corpus and denying his motion for reconsideration.

Mar 11, 2024

Termination of Parental Rights

Appeals from an order of the circuit court terminating her parental rights to her son, John.2 On appeal, H.C. argues that WIS. STAT. § 48.426(3) is unconstitutional on its face because it does not define a specific burden of proof for the State at the dispositional phase of a proceeding to terminate parental rights.

Mar 11, 2024

Postconviction Relief-Sentence Modification

Lyons appealed his conviction and the denial of his postconviction motion for sentence modification.


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