How Justices Vote in Juvenile Defendant Cases

This post examines the supreme court’s handling of juvenile cases over the 25 years from September 1, 1992, through August 31, 2017.  By itself, the phrase “juvenile cases” could refer to a variety of actions, including termination-of-parental-rights proceedings and cases in which juveniles were victims, but we will concentrate on cases pertaining to the trial or punishment of juveniles.[1]  These guidelines yield a total of 22 cases, which I have divided into categories that address the following questions: (1) adult court or juvenile court, (2) constitutional violations, (3) sentence credit, and (4) miscellaneous issues.[Continue Reading…]

Fantasy League Update

The Gavels of the State Public Defender’s Office gained 10 points from this week’s decisions (for briefs and oral arguments in State v. Bell and State v. Grandberry), thereby extending their lead over the second-place Affirmed

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Fantasy League Update

The filing of a decision in Shugarts v. Mohr brought five points to the Affirmed (from a brief and oral argument by Kasdorf, Lewis & Swietlik)—nudging them back into second place, one point ahead of the Writs.  Meanwhile, the Citations picked up … [Continue reading]

Crowd-Sourcing Invitation

This is a monthly reminder to readers to “nominate” any Wisconsin Supreme Court cases from the 2017-18 term that contain surprising aspects.  I will maintain a collection of cases submitted and post them at the end of the summer.  “Surprising … [Continue reading]

Fantasy League Update

The court did not file any decisions this past week—hence, no change in the standings. … [Continue reading]

Fantasy League Update

The lone decision filed by the court this past week did not result in any points for the league's teams—hence, no change in the standings. … [Continue reading]

The Butler-Gableman Divide: Wisconsin Supreme Court Elections Matter

With the end of Justice Michael Gableman’s term approaching, and the election of his successor just two weeks away, SCOWstats takes this opportunity to explore some of the consequences of his victory over Justice Louis Butler in 2008.  Although … [Continue reading]

Fantasy League Update

The court did not file any decisions this past week—hence, no change in the standings. … [Continue reading]

A Sixth Amendment Update for 2015-16 and 2016-17

Last fall’s post on the Fourth Amendment found that (1) these cases have accounted for a growing portion of the court’s output in recent years, and (2) the court’s two newest members (Justices R.G. Bradley and Kelly—especially Justice Kelly) have … [Continue reading]

Fantasy League Update

This week the Waivers picked up 11 points and jumped into a third-place tie with the Writs on the strength of their work in Horizon Bank, National Association v. Marshalls Point Retreat LLC—10 points from Quarles & Brady (brief, oral argument, … [Continue reading]