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Child Support Modification

Child support payments in a divorce are typically ordered as monthly lump sum payments derived under a formula prescribed by state law.

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Ineffective Assistance of Counsel

John Hudson appeals from a judgment convicting him of incest and first-degree sexual assault of a child and from a circuit court order denying his postconviction motion seeking a new trial due to ineffective assistance of trial counsel.

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4th Amendment Violation – Unlawful Entry

Christopher D. Wilson appeals a judgment convicting him of operating a motor vehicle while intoxicated (OWI) as a second offense and endangering safety by use of a dangerous weapon while under the influence of an intoxicant.

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Summary Judgement – Easement

This appeal and cross-appeal involve a dispute between two adjoining landowners—James and Judith Cobb on one side, and Gary King on the other.

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Insurance Claim – Coverage

Trumbull Insurance Company appeals a judgment finding it liable to Mark Meisner in the amount of $250,000, which was the maximum amount of underinsured motorist (UIM) coverage available under a policy Trumbull had issued to Meisner.

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6th Amendment Violation – Confrontation Clause

Celso M. Deleon-Yuja appeals the circuit court order denying postconviction relief as well as the underlying judgment of conviction for two counts of first-degree child sexual assault—sexual contact with a child under age thirteen.

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Evidentiary Hearing

Jonathan Liebzeit appeals an order denying his WIS. STAT. § 974.06 (2019-20), motion for a new trial.

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Abuse of Discretion – Sufficiency of Evidence

Demoted, disparaged, and deprived of a free government car, Stafford Garbutt decided that he could no longer tolerate what he believed to be criminal conduct by his boss and co‐workers, conduct that he himself had been engaging in for more than ten years.

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Plea Withdrawal

In the spring of 2012, Zenon Grzegorczyk hired two men to kill his ex-wife and five of her friends in exchange for $48,000.

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Due Process Violation

Erica Flores’s life came to an untimely end when Officer Justin Gorny of the South Bend, Indiana, police department careened through residential streets and a red light at speeds up to 98 mph to reach a routine traffic stop he was not invited to aid, crashed into Flores’s car, and killed her.

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1st Amendment Violation

The First Amendment does not protect child pornography. In challenging his conviction for inducing sexually explicit videos from a minor, Timothy Fredrickson asks us to reconsider this well-established principle.

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Involuntary Commitment and Medication

S.N.W. petitioned for review of the decision of the court of appeals, Fond du Lac Cnty. v. S.N.W., No. 2019AP2073, unpublished slip op. (Wis. Ct. App. June 17, 2020), affirming the circuit court's orders for involuntary commitment and involuntary medication and treatment.

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2nd Amendment Violation and As-applied Challenge

This is a review of an unpublished decision of the court of appeals, State v. Christen, No. 2019AP1767-CR, unpublished slip op. (Wis. Ct. App. Mar. 17, 2020), affirming the Dane County circuit court's judgment convicting Mitchell Christen of operating or going This is a review of an unpublished decision of the court of appeals, State v. Christen, No. 2019AP1767-CR, unpublished slip op. (Wis. Ct. App. Mar. 17, 2020), affirming the Dane County circuit court's judgment convicting Mitchell Christen of operating or going armed with a firearm while intoxicated, contrary to Wis. Stat. § 941.20(1)(b) (2017-18).

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Involuntary Commitment and Medication

J.J.K. appeals two circuit court orders: one granting Rock County’s petition to extend a prior involuntary commitment for 12 months and the other granting the County’s request for an order of involuntary medication and treatment during the period of extended commitment or until further order of the court.

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Judgment – Homestead Exemptions

This is a dispute between a judgment creditor, Anderson Tooling, Inc. (“ATI”), and married judgment debtors, Jeffery and Lori Anderson, regarding statutory homestead exemptions claimed by the debtors.

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Employment – Displacement Rights

Claire Fried appeals a circuit court order reversing a Wisconsin Employment Relations Commission decision concluding that Fried had displacement rights under WIS. ADMIN. CODE § ER-MRS 22.08(3) (Dec. 2015).

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Statutory Interpretation – Razing Buildings

1033 North 7th Street (the corporation) appeals from an order granting the City of Fond du Lac (the City) and its building inspector Doug Hoerth’s motion to dismiss the corporation’s complaint as untimely.

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Restitution Order

Travis D. Delabio appeals from a judgment of conviction for two counts arson and two counts burglary, all counts party to the crime, and from an order awarding the victim $21,500 in restitution.

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Ineffective Assistance of Counsel

Kunle Famakinwa, Jr., appeals from a judgment convicting him of possession with the intent to deliver tetrahydrocannabinols (THC) in an amount of 200 grams or less and an order denying his postconviction motion seeking a new trial due to the ineffective assistance of trial counsel.

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