WISCONSIN SUPREME COURT

MONTHLY STATISTICAL REPORT

 

JULY 2013

 

            This statistical report presents information about the case filings and dispositions of the Wisconsin Supreme Court during the month of July 2013 and to date for the term that began on September 1, 2012.

 

Opinions Issued by the Court

 

            The Supreme Court issued opinions resolving 31 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 2013            Term to Date

 

Total number of cases resolved by opinion ...........................      31                      98

      Attorney disciplinary cases..............................................        1                      42

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

      Civil cases........................................................................      18                      31

      Criminal cases .................................................................      12                      25

   

 

Petitions for Review

 

            A total of 79 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 3 petitions for review, of which 1 petition was granted.  The Supreme Court currently has 390 petitions for review pending.

 

                                                                                                        July 2013             Term to Date

 

Petitions for Review filed......................................................     79                     758

      Civil cases........................................................................     41                     363

      Criminal cases..................................................................     38                     395

 

Petition for Review dispositions............................................       3                     655

      Civil cases (petitions granted)..........................................       2  (1)               310  (29)

      Criminal cases (petitions granted)....................................       1  (0)               345  (20)

 

 

Petitions for Bypass

 

            In July, the Supreme Court received 5 petitions for bypass and disposed of 2 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 2013              Term to Date

 

Petitions for Bypass filed......................................................       5                    14

      Civil cases........................................................................       4                    10

      Criminal cases..................................................................       1                      4

 

 

Petition for Bypass dispositions............................................       2                    17    

      Civil cases (petitions granted)..........................................       2  (0)              14  (2)

      Criminal cases (petitions granted)....................................       0  (0)                3  (0)

 

 

Requests for Certification

 

            During July 2013, the Supreme Court received 2 requests for certification and disposed of 0 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 3 request for certification pending.

 

                                                                                            July 2013             Term to Date

 

Requests for Certification filed.............................................       2                      9

      Civil cases........................................................................       1                      4

      Criminal cases..................................................................       1                      5

 

 

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

      Civil cases (requests granted)..........................................       0  (0)                8  (6)

      Criminal cases (requests granted)....................................       0  (0)                3  (3)

 

 

Regulatory Matters, Supervisory Writs, and Original Actions

 

            During the month, a total of 9 matters within the regulatory jurisdiction of the Court (bar admission, lawyer discipline, and judicial discipline) were filed and 0 such cases were 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 38 regulatory matters and 25 petitions for supervisory writ pending.

 

                                                                                             July 2013            Term to Date

 

Filings

 

Attorney discipline (including reopened cases).....................        9                   65

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

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

Petitions for Supervisory Writ...............................................        6                   59

Other (including Original Actions)........................................        0                     4

 

Dispositions by Order

 

Attorney discipline................................................................        0                     5

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

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

Petitions for Supervisory Writ...............................................        0                   43

Other (including Original Actions)........................................        0                     5


DECISIONS BY THE

WISCONSIN SUPREME COURT

 

OPINIONS ISSUED DURING July 2013

 

 

ATTORNEY DISCIPLINE CASES

 

Docket No.                        Title                                                                                                 Date

 

2011AP1049-D

Office of Lawyer Regulation (OLR) v. Sharon A. Riek

Complaint dismissed

Per Curiam[1]

 

07/23/2013

 

 

CIVIL AND CRIMINAL CASES

 

Docket No.                        Title                                                                                                 Date

 

2011AP788

Christopher T. Beidel v. Sideline Software, Inc.

Court of Appeals decision affirmed.

Majority Opinion: Crooks, J.

Concur:  Ziegler, J. joined by Roggensack, J.

Dissent:  Gableman, J.

Prosser, J. did not participate.

 

07/02/2013

2010AP3158

Park Bank v. Roger E. Westburg

Court of Appeals decision affirmed.

Majority Opinion: Bradley, J.

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

 

07/03/2013

2011AP1044-CR

2011AP1105-CR

State v. Dale R. Neumann

State v. Leilani E. Neumann

Circuit Court judgment and orders affirmed.

Majority Opinion: Abrahamson, CJ.

Dissent: Prosser, J.

 

07/03/2013

2011AP2864-CRAC

State v. Samuel Curtis Johnson, III

Court of Appeals decision modified and affirmed, as modified, remanded to circuit court.

Per Curiam

Prosser, J. and Gableman, J. did not participate.

 

07/03/2013

2011AP000583

Marilyn M. Brown v. Acuity, A Mutual Insurance Company

Court of Appeals decision reversed and remanded.

Majority Opinion: Bradley, J.

 

 

07/09/2013

2011AP000450-CR

State v. Julius C. Burton

Court of Appeals decision affirmed

Majority Opinion: Prosser, J.

 

 

07/10/2013

2011AP001451

Amjad T. Tufail v. Midwest Hospitality, LLC

Court of Appeals decision reversed and remanded.

Majority Opinion: Bradley, J.

Dissent:  Prosser, J.

 

07/10/2013

2012AP000500

Dane County v. Sheila W.

Court of Appeals decision affirmed

Per Curiam

Concur:  Prosser, J.

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

 

 

07/10/2013

2011AP000203

Xcel Energy Services, Inc. v. LIRC

Court of Appeals decision reversed and remanded.

Majority Opinion: Roggensack, J.

Concur:  Abrahamson, CJ., joined by Bradley, J. in Part I of concurrence.

 

07/11/2013

2011AP001770-CR

2011AP001771-CR

State v. Brandon M. Melton

Court of Appeals decision reversed.

Majority Opinion: Prosser, J.

Concur:  Ziegler, J., joined by Abrahamson, CJ and Bradley, J.

 

 

07/11/2013

2011AP002166

David J. Rosecky v. Monica M. Schissel

Circuit Court order reversed and remanded.

Majority Opinion: Ziegler, J.

Concur:  Abrahamson, CJ., joined by Bradley, J.

 

07/11/2013

2012AP000099

Outagamie County v. Melanie L.

Court of Appeals decision reversed.

Majority Opinion: Prosser, J.

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

07/11/2013

2012AP000665

Manitowoc County v. Samuel J. H.

Circuit Court order affirmed.

Majority Opinion: Ziegler, J.

Concur:  Abrahamson, CJ.

 

07/11/2013

2010AP000425

State v. Tramell E. Starks

Court of Appeals decision affirmed.

Majority Opinion: Gableman, J.

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

 

07/12/2013

2011AP000394-CR

State v. Demone Alexander

Court of Appeals decision affirmed.

Majority Opinion: Gableman, J.

Concur:  Abrahamson, CJ.

Concur:  Crooks, J., joined by Abrahamson, CJ. and Bradley, J.

Concur:  Ziegler, J.

 

07/12/2013

2011AP000564

Marshall Schinner v. Michael Gundrum

Court of Appeals decision reversed.

Majority Opinion: Prosser, J.

Concur:  Crooks, J.

Dissent:  Bradley, J., joined by Abrahamson, CJ. and Crooks, J. joins Part II of dissent.

 

07/12/2013

2011AP001566

United Concrete & Construction, Inc. v. Red-D-Mix Concrete, Inc.

Court of Appeals decision affirmed in part, reversed in part and remanded.

Majority Opinion: Gableman, J.

Concur:  Abrahamson, CJ., joined by Bradley, J. and Crooks, J.

 

07/12/2013

2011AP002916-CR

State v. Andrew M. Edler

Circuit court order affirmed and remanded.

Majority Opinion: Crooks, J.

Concur:  Abrahamson, CJ.

Concur/Dissent:  Ziegler, J.

Gableman, J. did not particpate.

 

 

07/12/2013

2008AP001523

Rock-Koshkonong Lake District v. DNR

Court of Appeals decision reversed and remanded.

Majority Opinion: Prosser, J.

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

07/16/2013

2010AP002363-CR

2010AP002364-CR

State v. Richard Lavon Deadwiller

Court of Appeals decision affirmed.

Majority Opinion: Ziegler, J.

Concur:  Abrahamson, CJ., joined by Bradley, J. in  Part I of concurrence.

Concur:  Bradley, J. concurs with Section III.B of majority opinion.

Gableman, J. did not participate.

 

 

07/16/2013

2011AP001176

2011AP001177

Joseph McLeod v. Patricia Mudlaff

Patricia Mudlaff v. Joseph McLeod

Circuit court order is reversed and remanded.

Majority Opinion: Prosser, J.

Dissent:  Ziegler, J.

Dissent:  Gableman, J.

 

 

07/16/2013

2012AP000805

2012AP000840

Scott N. Waller v. American Transmission Company, LLC

Circuit Court judgment affirmed.

Majority Opinion: Prosser, J.

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

Gableman, J. did not participate.

 

 

07/16/2013

2007AP000221

2007AP001440

Bostco LLC v. Milwaukee Metropolitan Sewerage District

Court of Appeals decision affirmed in part, reversed in part and remanded.

Majority Opinion: Roggensack, J.

Concur:  Gableman, J.

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

Prosser, J. did not participate.

 

 

07/18/2013

2011AP001158

Showers Appraisals, LLC v. Musson Bros., Inc.

Court of Appeals decision reversed and remanded.

Majority Opinion: Roggensack, J.

Concur:  Crooks, J., joined by Abrahamson, CJ. and Bradley, J.

 

07/18/2013

 



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