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99-2154 Shasteen v. Saver

“When one contemplates the circumstances of this case, it is difficult to find misconduct in connection with Garnati’s actions… [T]he prosecutor was shown a copy of the note dated April 6 and was told by a confident Mrs. Misselhorn that ...

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00-3238 State ex rel. Richards v. Thompson, et al.

Harlan Richards appeals an order dismissing his declaratory judgment action challenging the constitutionality of various provisions of the Wisconsin Prisoner Litigation Reform Act (PLRA). The issue is whether Richards, a Wisconsin prison inmate, presented the court with a justiciable controversy. ...

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99-3932 & 99-3951 U.S. v. Hill

“James behaved in a pig-headed fashion. It is hard to imagine that by quoting from sec.1.02 of the Benchbook or expatiating about the drawbacks of self- representation (‘a fool for a client…’) the district judge could have talked him out ...

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00-2830-CR State v. St. George

Bradley Alan St. George appeals his judgment of conviction for first-degree sexual assault of a child and an order denying him postconviction relief. St. George argues he was denied due process and his right to present a defense when the ...

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00-2432 U.S. v. Steward

“[T]he government argued again that Steward’s holding of the package in his left hand, however fleetingly, the resulting control over it, and dropping it in hope of concealment established possession of it. … The government argues that Judge Murphy’s finding ...

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00-2695-CR, 00-2696-CR State v. Carter, et al.

The State appeals an order suppressing evidence that was seized from Jywanza Carter’s home pursuant to a search warrant. As a result of the search, Carter and James Welter were charged with the burglary. The trial court concluded that the ...

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00-3632 U.S. v. Carlos-Colmenares

“Nothing in the statute’s language or background suggests that an illegally returning deportee cannot be convicted unless he knew he lacked the Attorney General’s express consent to reenter. On the contrary, the requirement that the Attorney General’s consent be ‘express’ ...

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00-1971 Alverio v. Sam's Warehouse Club, Inc.

“[L]awyers are given considerable leeway in formulating a gender-neutral rationale for jury strikes. … Here, in addition to identifying unique factors that only affected the three struck jurors – unemployment, participation as a plaintiff in a lawsuit, and employment in ...

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00-2154 Gilbert v. Wisconsin Dept. of Revenue

This is so because the Tax Appeals Commission has held that if a taxpayer fails to file a refund claim within the time prescribed by statute, it lacks subject matter jurisdiction to determine whether the refund claim is valid. “The ...

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00-763 Pollard v. E.I. DuPont De Nemours & Co.

“In the Civil Rights Act of 1991, Congress determined that victims of employment discrimination were entitled to additional remedies. Congress expressly found that ‘additional remedies under Federal law are needed to deter unlawful harassment and intentional discrimination in the workplace,’ ...

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00-2791 State v. Mata

“Mata argues that the trial court was erroneous in finding a factual basis for her forgery pleas because she contends that her conduct did not rise to the level of forgery. Mata claims that her use of aliases when opening ...

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00-2016 Beyer, et al. v. Heritage Realty, Inc.

“RESPA is the principal federal statute regulating the activities of real estate brokers. The insurance policy at issue is limited to participants in the real estate business and directly addresses potential sources of liability for brokers. Would it not be ...

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00-2864 State v. Steele

“Here, the trial court determined that despite Steele’s qualifications under 302.045(2), the seriousness of his offenses precluded his participation in the program. We cannot say that this constituted a misuse of the trial court’s broad sentencing discretion. We therefore affirm ...

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00-157 United Dominion Industries, Inc. v. United States

“The case for the single-entity approach to calculating an affiliated group’s PLL is straightforward. Section 172(j)(1) defines a taxpayer’s ‘product liability loss’ for a given tax year as the lesser of its ‘net operating loss for such year’ and its ...

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00-1820 Behrndt v. Behrndt, et al.

Patrick Behrndt appeals from the denial of his motion for relief from the trial court’s judgment dismissing Patrick and approving the settlement as to all other parties. The issue on appeal is whether the trial court erroneously exercised its discretion ...

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99-1128 State v. Hansen

The circuit court erred in holding that sec. 961.45 required application of the “elements only” test of Blockburger v. United States, 284 U.S. 299 (1932) to determine whether the prior conviction was for the same act. Accordingly, we reverse the ...

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99-3291-CR, 99-3292-CR, 99-3293-CRState v. Spaulding

Kenneth D. Spaulding appeals from judgments entered on jury verdicts convicting him of: two counts of first-degree sexual assault of a child, one count of first-degree sexual assault of a child, and one count of first-degree sexual assault of a ...

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00-3054-CR State v. Hill

Adam Hill appeals a judgment convicting him of making a bomb threat. He also appeals an order denying postconviction relief. Hill contends that he is entitled to a new trial because he was convicted on the basis of an in-court ...

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99-1964 Booth v. Churner

“When Congress replaced the text of the statute as construed in [McCarthy v. Madigan] with the exhaustion requirement at issue today, it presumably understood that under McCarthy the term ‘effective’ in the former sec. 1997e(a) eliminated the possibility of requiring ...

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00-454 Atkinson Trading Co., Inc. v. Shirley

“Indian tribes are ‘unique aggregations possessing attributes of sovereignty over both their members and their territory,’ but their dependent status generally precludes extension of tribal civil authority beyond these limits… The Navajo Nation’s imposition of a tax upon nonmembers on ...

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00-1570 State v. Polshek

Even though the parents may have known who the abuse reporters were, it was nevertheless an unlawful “disclosure” of the reporters’ identities within the meaning of the statute. “Given the statute’s goal of protecting reporters’ identities, it is appropriate to ...

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00-3350-CR State v. Stormer

Daniel Stormer was convicted of operating a motor vehicle while intoxicated, third offense. He received a sentence of 60 days in jail with Huber privileges, license revocation for thirty months, and a forfeiture of $1,346.50. The sole issue on appeal ...

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