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Brady Violation

Daryise L. Earl appeals pro se from the order denying his most recent WIS. STAT. § 974.06 (2017-18) motion.

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Contract – Forum-selection Clause

Consensus Construction & Consulting, Inc., appeals a money judgment in favor of Jones Sign Co., Inc. Consensus asserts the circuit court erred by refusing to enforce a forum selection clause contained in the parties’ contract identifying the courts of South Carolina as the proper place to litigate disputes under the contract.

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Damages

Superior Restaurant Company, LLC, appeals judgments, entered following a jury’s verdict in a case involving a failed restaurant venture.

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Attorney Disciplinary Hearing

The Office of Lawyer Regulation (OLR) and Attorney Guy Norman Maras have filed a stipulation pursuant to Supreme Court Rule (SCR) 22.12 that Attorney Maras' license to practice law in Wisconsin should be suspended for a period of six months, as discipline reciprocal to that imposed by the Supreme Court of Illinois.

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Attorney Disciplinary Hearing

We review the stipulation filed by the Office of Lawyer Regulation (OLR) and Attorney Coral Dawn Pleas pursuant to Supreme Court Rule (SCR) 22.12.

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Attorney Disciplinary Hearing

The Office of Lawyer Regulation (OLR) and Attorney Jean M. Robinson have filed a stipulation pursuant to Supreme Court Rule (SCR) 22.12 that Attorney Robinson's license to practice law in Wisconsin should be suspended for a period of 18 months, as discipline reciprocal to that imposed by the District of Columbia Court of Appeals.

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Involuntary Commitment – Sufficiency of Evidence

E.R.R. appeals orders of the Portage County Circuit Court extending his involuntary commitment and requiring E.R.R. to undergo treatment and take prescribed medication pursuant to WIS. STAT. ch. 51. E.R.R. contends that, in regard to the extension of the involuntary commitment, Portage County failed to establish by clear and convincing evidence that he is “dangerous,” as required by WIS. STAT. § 51.20(1)(a)2., (1)(am), and (13)(e) and (g)3.

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Unlawful Seizure – Reasonable Suspicion

The State appeals a circuit court order granting Marc Schiel’s motion to suppress evidence of Schiel’s intoxication on grounds that it was derived from an unlawful seizure, unsupported by reasonable suspicion.

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Court Error – Child Support

Jill Flansburg appeals an order reducing the monthly child support obligation owed by her former husband, William Mencel, Jr. Flansburg argues the circuit court erred by reducing Mencel’s child support obligation based upon a reduction in Mencel’s income.

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Court Order – Contempt of Court

Gary and Sandra Kramschuster appeal the order of the Milwaukee County Circuit Court finding that Ted Vallejos purged an order of contempt by making efforts to have his child psychologically evaluated.

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Ineffective Assistance of Counsel

Michael Demars appeals from a judgment convicting him of two counts of possession of child pornography and from an order denying his postconviction motion.

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Sentence Credit

Cesar Antonio Lira appeals the circuit court orders denying his motions for sentence credit on two Wisconsin sentences.

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Ineffective Assistance of Counsel

In these consolidated appeals, Violet Reynolds seeks to vacate her guilty pleas based on the alleged ineffective assistance of her counsel in failing to raise competency arguments at the plea or sentencing hearings.

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Derivative Jurisdiction

This case calls for us to determine whether the district court properly dismissed the plaintiff’s amended complaint without prejudice under the doctrine of derivative jurisdiction even though that complaint invoked federal jurisdiction.

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