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1st Amendment Violation

A public high school student used, and transmitted to her Snapchat friends, vulgar language and gestures criticizing both the school and the school’s cheerleading team.

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Damages

Peter Long and PJL Properties, LLC (collectively PJL) appeal from a judgment of the trial court awarding double damages and attorney fees to Rick A. Weber and Brenda J. Weber in a landlord-tenant dispute.

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Easement

This action involves the interpretation of a ten-foot lake easement (the easement) granted to Albert Hinton in 1973.

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Termination of Parental Rights

M.R.K. appeals the order of the trial court terminating his parental rights to J.K. He argues that the trial court erred in entering a default judgment against him after he failed to appear at a hearing on the State’s petition for the termination of his parental rights, and that his motion to vacate the default judgment should not have been denied.

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Estate – Personal Representative

Mary Nies and Kay Nies-Toren, two of the six heirs to the Estate of Lois M. Nies, appeal from a final order denying their petition to have the circuit court order certain directions to the Estate’s personal representative.

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Easement

FAWD, LLC, appeals the circuit court’s dismissal of its claims for entitlement to an easement.

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Sufficiency of Evidence – Guardianship and Protective Placement Orders

P.G. appeals orders establishing guardianships of his person and his estate, as well as an order for his protective placement. P.G. argues the guardianship and protective placement orders must be reversed because the circuit court failed to find—and the evidence did not support a finding—that his needs could not be met through less restrictive means.

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Postconviction Relief – DNA Testing

Phillip Dewayne Peters appeals from a judgment convicting him of criminal trespass and second-degree sexual assault and an order of the circuit court denying his motion requesting the court to order additional DNA testing pursuant to WIS. STAT. § 974.07 (2019-20).

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Ineffective Assistance of Counsel

Deandre Simone Manns appeals judgments of conviction entered after he pled guilty to third-degree sexual assault in one case and intimidation of a victim as a habitual offender in a second case.

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Statutory Interpretation – Recovery of Unlawful Taxes

The City of Milwaukee appeals a non-final order of the circuit court denying its motion to dismiss the action filed by WGLB Scholarship in Memory of Joel J. Kinlow, Inc. (WGLB) pursuant to WIS. STAT. § 74.35 (2019-20), seeking to recover an allegedly unlawful property tax imposed by the City for the 2018 tax year.

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Ineffective Assistance of Counsel

Ronald Lee Gilbert appeals from a judgment of conviction following a jury trial for trafficking of a child, second-degree sexual assault of a child, and intentional child abuse.

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