WISCONSIN SUPREME COURT

MONTHLY STATISTICAL REPORT

 

JULY 2012

 

            This statistical report presents information about the case filings and dispositions of the Wisconsin Supreme Court during the month of July 2012 and to date for the term that began on September 1, 2011.

 

Opinions Issued by the Court

 

            The Supreme Court issued opinions resolving 23 cases in July.  Information about these opinions, including the Court’s dispositions and the names of the authoring justices, can be found on the attached table.

 

                                                                                             July 2012            Term to Date

 

Total number of cases resolved by opinion ...........................      23                    101

      Attorney disciplinary cases..............................................        5                      39

      Judicial disciplinary cases................................................        0                        0

      Civil cases........................................................................      10                      42

      Criminal cases .................................................................        8                      20

   

 

Petitions for Review

 

            A total of 64 petitions for review were filed during the month.  A petition for review asks the Supreme Court to review the decision of the Court of Appeals.  The Supreme Court’s jurisdiction is discretionary, meaning that review is granted in selected cases only.  In July, the Supreme Court disposed of 10 petitions for review, of which 0 petitions were granted.  The Supreme Court currently has 284 petitions for review pending.

 

                                                                                             July 2012            Term to Date

 

Petitions for Review filed......................................................     64                     715

      Civil cases........................................................................     32                     359

      Criminal cases..................................................................     32                      356


 

Petition for Review dispositions............................................     10                     754

      Civil cases (petitions granted)..........................................       3  (0)               374  (34)

      Criminal cases (petitions granted)....................................       7  (0)               380  (16)

 

 

Petitions for Bypass

 

            In July, the Supreme Court received 3 petitions for bypass and disposed of 0 petitions for bypass.  In a petition for bypass, a party requests that the Supreme Court take jurisdiction of an appeal or other proceeding pending in the Court of Appeals.  A matter appropriate for bypass is usually one which meets one or more of the criteria for review by the Supreme Court and one the Supreme Court concludes it will ultimately choose to consider regardless of how the Court of Appeals might decide the issues.  A petition for bypass may also be granted where there is a clear need to hasten the ultimate appellate decision.  The Supreme Court currently has 3 petitions for bypass pending.

 

                                                                                           July 2012              Term to Date

 

Petitions for Bypass filed......................................................       3                      7

      Civil cases........................................................................       2                      5

      Criminal cases..................................................................       1                      2

 

 

Petition for Bypass dispositions............................................       0                      6    

      Civil cases (petitions granted)..........................................       0  (0)                5  (1)

      Criminal cases (petitions granted)....................................       0  (0)                1  (0)

 

 

Requests for Certification

 

            During July 2012, the Supreme Court received 1 request for certification and disposed of no requests for certification.  In a request for certification, the Court of Appeals asks the Supreme Court to exercise its appellate jurisdiction before the Court of Appeals hears the matter.  A request for certification is decided on the basis of the same criteria as a petition to bypass.  The Supreme Court currently has 4 requests for certification pending.

 

                                                                                            July 2012             Term to Date

 

Requests for Certification filed.............................................       1                    13

      Civil cases........................................................................       1                      9

      Criminal cases..................................................................       0                      4

 

 

Request for Certification dispositions...................................       0                    11    

      Civil cases (requests granted)..........................................       0  (0)                6  (3)

      Criminal cases (requests granted)....................................       0  (0)                5  (5)


 

Regulatory Matters, Supervisory Writs, and Original Actions

 

            During the month, a total of 4 matters within the regulatory jurisdiction of the Court (bar admission, lawyer discipline, and judicial discipline) were filed and 0 such case was reopened.  The Supreme Court also received 6 petitions for supervisory writ, which ask the Supreme Court to order the Court of Appeals or a circuit court to take a certain action in a case.  No original actions were filed.  An original action is a petition asking the Supreme Court to take jurisdiction over a particular matter.  When an opinion is issued in these cases, the disposition is included in “Opinions Issued by the Court” above; otherwise, the case is disposed of by order and is included in the totals below.  The Supreme Court currently has 37 regulatory matters and 15 petitions for supervisory writ pending.

 

                                                                                             July 2012            Term to Date

 

Filings

 

Attorney discipline (including reopened cases).....................        4                   62

Judicial discipline...................................................................        0                     1

Bar admission........................................................................        0                     1

Petitions for Supervisory Writ...............................................        6                   65

Other (including Original Actions)........................................        0                     6

 

Dispositions by Order

 

Attorney discipline................................................................        0                   10

Judicial discipline...................................................................        0                     0

Bar admission........................................................................        0                     0

Petitions for Supervisory Writ...............................................        0                   60

Other (including Original Actions)........................................        0                   13


DECISIONS BY THE

WISCONSIN SUPREME COURT

 

OPINIONS ISSUED DURING July 2012

 

 

ATTORNEY DISCIPLINE CASES

 

Docket No.                        Title                                                                                                 Date

 

2005AP2110-D

Office of Lawyer Regulation (OLR) v. John A. Chavez

Reinstatement Granted

Per Curiam[1]

 

07/10/2012

 

2011AP989-D

OLR v. Reed Martin

Public Reprimand

Per Curiam

 

07/10/2012

2011AP737-D

OLR v. Daynel L. Hooker

License Suspension

Per Curiam

07/18/2012

 

2011AP2736-D

OLR v. Lisa A. Webber Hicks

Public Reprimand and License Suspension

Per Curiam

07/19/2012

 

2011AP2767-D

OLR v. Ryan D. Lister

License Suspension

Per Curiam

07/27/2012

 

 

CIVIL AND CRIMINAL CASES

 

Docket No.                        Title                                                                                                 Date

 

2010AP2514-CR

State v. Scott E. Ziegler

Circuit Court judgment affirmed.

Majority Opinion:  Ziegler, J.

Concur/Dissent:  Abrahamson, C.J., joined by Bradley, J.

 

07/03/2012

2009AP2752

Michelle B. Wadzinski v. Auto-Owners Insurance Company

Court of Appeals decision reversed.

Majority Opinion:  Roggensack, J.

Dissent:  Bradley, J. joined by Abrahamson, C.J.

 

07/05/2012

2010AP2900

Wisconsin Dolls, LLC v. Town of Dell Prairie

Court of Appeals decision reversed and remanded.

Majority Opinion:  Prosser, J.

 

07/05/2012

2009AP608

John Adams v. State of Wisconsin

Court of Appeals decision affirmed.

Majority Opinion:  Gableman, J.

Dissent:  Abrahamson, C.J., joined in part III of dissent by Bradley, J.

 

07/11/2012

2009AP2795

Jaymie A. Gister v. American Family Mutual Ins. Co.

Court of Appeals decision reversed.

Majority Opinion:   Gableman, J.

Dissent:  Bradley, J., joined by Abrahamson, C.J. and Crooks, J.

 

07/11/2012

2010AP878

Wisconsin Public Service Corp. v. Arby Construction

Court of Appeals decision affirmed.

Majority Opinion:   Prosser, J.

Concurrence/Disent:  Abrahamson, C.J., joined by Bradley, J.

 

07/11/2012

2010AP2533

John N. Kroner v. Oneida Seven Generations Corporation

Court of Appeals decision reversed and remanded.

Majority Opinion:   Crooks, J.

Concurrence:  Prosser, J.

Concurrence:  Roggensack, J., joined by Ziegler, J. and Gableman, J.

 

07/11/2012

2010AP2762

Wisconsin Industrial Energy Group v. PSC

Circuit Court order affirmed.

Majority Opinion:   Roggensack, J.

Dissent:  Bradley, J. joined by Abrahamson, C.J.

 

 

 

 

 

07/11/2012

2009AP1505-CR

State v. Harry Thompson

Court of Appeals decision reversed and remanded to Circuit Court.

Majority Opinion:   Prosser, J.

Concurrence:  Ziegler, J. joined by Roggensack, J. and Gableman, J.

 

 

07/12/2012

2010AP11192-CR

State v. Roshawn Smith

Court of Appeals decision reversed.

Majority Opinion:   Gableman, J.

Dissent:  Abrahamson, C.J., joined by Bradley, J.

 

 

07/12/2012

2010AP1702

State v. Abraham C. Negrete

Court of Appeals decision affirmed.

Majority Opinion:   Roggensack, J.

Dissent:  Abrahamson, C.J., joined by Bradley, J.

 

07/12/2012

2010AP2273-CR

State v. Jon Anthony Soto

Circuit Court judgment affirmed.

Majority Opinion:   Roggensack, J.

Dissent:  Bradley, J., joined by Abrahamson, C.J.

 

 

07/12/2012

2010AP2705

Kathleen DeBruin v. St. Patrick Congregation

Circuit Court judgment affirmed.

Majority Opinion:   Roggensack, J.

Concurrence:  Crooks, J.

Concurrence:  Prosser, J.

Dissent:  Bradley, J., joined by Abrahamson, C.J.

 

07/12/2012

2009AP2057-CR

State v. David W. Stevens

Court of Appeals decision affirmed.

Majority Opinion:   Prosser, J.

Concurrence:  Ziegler, J., joined by Roggensack, J. and Gableman, J.

Concurrence/Dissent:  Abrahamson, C.J.

 

07/13/2012

2009AP2907-CR

State v. Joseph J. Spaeth

Circuit Court judgment reversed and remanded.

Majority Opinion:   Prosser, J.

Concurrence:  Abrahamson, C.J.

Dissent:  Roggensack, J.

 

 

07/13/2012

2010AP505-CR

State v. Randy L. Martin

Court of Appeals reversed and remanded.

Majority Opinion:   Gableman, J.

Concurrence:  Abrahamson, C.J.

Concurrence:  Bradley, J.

 

07/13/2012

2010AP342

Robert E. Brenner v. City of New Richmond

Court of Appeals decision affirmed.

Majority Opinion:   Prosser, J.

 

 

07/17/2012

2010AP2801-CR

State v. Michael L. Frey

Court of Appeals affirmed.

Majority Opinion:   Prosser, J.

 

07/17/2012

 



[1] “Per Curiam” means “by the Court.”  Opinions issued per curiam are handed down by the Court as a whole.