Supreme Court Alters Analysis of Bangert Plea Withdrawal Cases
April 29, 2013 – A defendant sought to withdraw his plea after sentencing because the circuit court understated the maximum sentence. The Outagamie County Circuit Court found harmless error and denied relief. On certification by the District IV Court of Appeals, the Wisconsin Supreme Court affirmed the circuit court, finding that the defendant knew the correct maximum sentence, and that the circuit court’s error was “an insubstantial defect” in the plea colloquy.
State Bar Election Results Are In – Gagan Takes Top Slot
April 26, 2013 – Robert Gagan, Green Bay, won the race for State Bar president-elect. His term begins July 1. In other State Bar races, Kevin Lyons was elected treasurer and Amy E. Wochos was elected to a three-year seat on the Judicial Council.
County Can Alter Fringe Benefits of Elected Officials
Despite a state statute that prohibits counties from altering the compensation paid to elected officials, a state appeals court has ruled that Eau Claire County can increase paycheck deductions for retirement and health insurance.
Appeals Court Upholds OWI Conviction Despite Police Mistake
A police officer conducting a random registration check stopped a truck after misreading its license plate. Realizing the mistake, the officer approached the car to explain. The driver was drunk. Recently, a state appeals court upheld the defendant’s OWI conviction.
Wisconsin Supreme Court Adds Six New Cases to its Docket
The Wisconsin Supreme Court has voted to accept six new cases – four criminal cases, one involuntary commitment case and one case involving an “absent witness” jury instruction delivered in a slip and fall trial in Milwaukee.