To study bail jumping in Wisconsin, WJI and the Mastantuono Coffee & Thomas law firm are looking county by county at 2021 bail-jumping charges. Which counties are charging bail jumping the most? Who are some of the defendants? What happens to those cases? We'll report the statistics from individual counties and tell you the stories from randomly chosen cases.
Total number of cases with bail-jumping charges: 584
Total number of misdemeanor and felony cases: 1,006
Percent of misdemeanor and felony cases that include bail-jumping charges: 58%
Total number of felony cases with bail-jumping charges: 489*
Total number of all felony cases: 833
Percent of felony cases that include bail-jumping charges: 59%
Total number of misdemeanor cases with bail-jumping charges: 95
Total number of all misdemeanor cases: 289
Percent of misdemeanor cases that include bail-jumping charges: 33%
Largest number of bail-jumping charges issued in a single case: 13
Number of felony bail-jumping charges issued: 779
Number of misdemeanor bail-jumping charges issued: 227
*Felony cases can include felony or misdemeanor bail-jumping charges or both; misdemeanor cases can include only misdemeanor bail-jumping charges. Case counts reported as of January 2022. This analysis does not include criminal traffic cases.
Kora was hit with her first criminal case in 2016 when she was 17 and charged with misdemeanor possession of marijuana and drug paraphernalia. The cannabis charge was reduced to a forfeiture violation and she pled no contest; the paraphernalia charge was dismissed.
She's been in and out of legal trouble since, at first with smaller drug cases and traffic tickets, and then with multiple felony charges and two overdose deaths at a property Kora rented.
The quick downward spiral started with an arrest in February 2021.
Two Chippewa Falls police officers, responding to a report about a distressed woman walking a dog, found Kora and the dog. Kora appeared "very confused and was swaying back and forth while standing," according to the criminal complaint.
Kora asked for a ride and one of the officers put her in the back of a squad so she could warm up.
"Officers observed that (Kora) had been shaking and appeared to have been outside for quite some time, but she refused to say, or was too confused to know, how long she had been outside or where she was coming from," according to the complaint.
The officers arrested Kora after learning she had an outstanding misdemeanor warrant from Monroe County.
She was searched at the Chippewa County Jail, and a deputy found four opioid pills and about a tenth of a gram of a substance that field-tested positive for methamphetamine. Kora was charged on March 10, 2021, with felony possession of narcotics, second or subsequent offense, and possession of methamphetamine.
She was looking at maximum penalties totaling 11 years in prison and $20,000 in fines.
Chippewa County Circuit Judge James M. Isaacson set a $2,500 signature bond. Isaacson ordered her, among other things, to report to pretrial monitoring right after court.
A sheriff's sergeant and deputy went to her house on April 5.
Kora said she would deal with the warrant the next day, but the deputy spotted "suspected contraband" in Kora's bra, according to a criminal complaint. It turned out to be a baggie that contained a powder that field-tested positive for heroin.
Kora was then charged with felony bail jumping, for allegedly failing to report to pretrial monitoring. That charge carries a maximum penalty of six years in prison and a $10,000 fine.
A $500 cash bond was set.
Felony bail jumping occurs when a person out on bond on a felony charge violates the conditions of that bond. Misdemeanor bail jumping occurs when a person out on bond on a misdemeanor charge violates the conditions of that bond.
A bail-jumping offense may not by itself be a crime. Missing a court date, failing to report to pretrial monitoring, violating a local ordinance, or having a drink could all be bail-jumping offenses if bond conditions prohibit those things.
Misdemeanor bail jumping carries a maximum penalty of nine months in jail and a $10,000 fine.
Some 11 days after Kora was charged with bail jumping, prosecutors added three more counts, all felonies – possession of narcotic drugs and two more counts of bail jumping. She had violated two more conditions of her signature bond, according to the complaint – not to commit a new crime and not to consume or possess illegal drugs.
Those three counts carried a total maximum penalty of 15½ years in prison and $30,000 in fines.
Isaacson ordered that the $500 cash bond previously set and posted apply to the new case as well.
Less than three weeks later, in May, she was charged with another felony bail-jumping count for failing to report for pretrial monitoring check-ins. She faced another maximum of six years in prison and a $10,000 fine.
Kora now had four criminal cases pending against her in Chippewa County. Isaacson directed that the $500 cash bond already posted cover all four.
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Politico: Record archiving and disclosure rules don't apply to the U.S. Supreme Court.
The executive branch is subject to detailed rules laying out what work product must be preserved, when and how it must be released to the general public, and — as Donald Trump has unhappily learned — what happens to officials who don’t play ball.
Not so for justices. (Retired Justice Stephen) Breyer, if he so chose, could toss his papers in a bonfire, auction them to the highest bidder, or ship them all to Mar-a-Lago for safekeeping. He could also hold onto them and pick and decide for himself just who gets to take a peek, ensuring that only ideologically friendly types can use the material for books and articles. In his will, he could appoint an executor to continue to enforce whatever standards he sees fit for decades or centuries to come. It’s none of your business.
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Quartz: Incarcerated people should receive monkeypox vaccinations ASAP.
So far, only one case of monkeypox has been confirmed in a prison or jail, at Cook County Jail in Chicago, the same jail system that was one of the largest known sources of covid infections for incarcerated people in the country. More suspected cases have emerged, and like in the general population, it is likely that many cases are escaping detection because of a lack of widespread testing.
Still, the absence of large outbreaks in prisons should be taken as an opportunity to prevent the spread in what could be big sites of infection, not as a sign that inmates aren’t at risk.
The Guardian: In New York, a call for parole reforms and better medical care for seniors in prison.
“Val was given Pepto-Bismol when she went to the nurse’s office. Pepto-Bismol for cancer.”
At a rally this month, family members and friends of Valerie Gaiter, widely known as Val, as well as campaigners gathered to demand better medical care for those incarcerated and more parole opportunities, especially for elderly populations.
The Trace: State laws aiming to hold gun manufacturers accountable for gun violence.
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Associated Press: Hate-crime life sentences for two men who killed Ahmaud Arbery.
U.S. District Court Judge Lisa Godbey Wood handed down the sentences against Travis McMichael, 36, and his father, Greg McMichael, 66, reiterating the gravity of the February 2020 killing that shattered their Brunswick community. William “Roddie” Bryan, 52, who recorded cellphone video of the slaying, was sentenced to 35 years in prison.
“A young man is dead. Ahmaud Arbery will be forever 25. And what happened, a jury found, happened because he’s Black,” Wood said.
Reuters: Biden administration moving to end "remain in Mexico" policy.
Several thousand migrants forced to wait in Mexico under a Trump-era program gradually will be allowed to enter the United States to pursue their asylum claims in coming weeks and months, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) said on Monday.
NBC: FBI search Donald Trump's home for classified documents.
“These are dark times for our Nation, as my beautiful home, Mar-A-Lago in Palm Beach, Florida, is currently under siege, raided, and occupied by a large group of FBI agents,” Trump said in a lengthy email statement issued by his Save America political committee.
Washington Monthly: Why is the U.S. Department of Justice still siding with fossil fuel companies in litigation?
The DOJ under Trump put the government on record opposing the plaintiffs. But the department could change course. That would require Garland, who critics say is hampered by timidity and adherence to old norms, to do an about-face.
The Biden administration’s silence in these cases is exasperating for the plaintiffs, given Biden’s explicit pledge to support such suits.
Slate: Did the verdict against Alex Jones have meaning if he continues to broadcast?
Of course, any expectation that any given legal proceeding—such as the Mueller probe, Trumps two impeachments, and even the very effective Jan. 6 committee hearings—might lift us out of the misinformation quagmire in which we find ourselves has proven again and again to be too fanciful.
But unlike those other proceedings, the Alex Jones trial offered one important thing: It forced Jones to inhabit the same space as his victims, to at least pretend to listen to them and to feign respect for a judge. It showed us all what a genuine encounter with the “other side”—a side that couldn’t be dismissed, threatened, and insulted with impunity, at least just this once—actually looks like. Thin gruel in the grand scheme of post truth, maybe, but still instructive and illuminating in the extreme.
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By Gretchen Schuldt
A woman convicted of child abuse and neglect will be sentenced anew because Lafayette County District Attorney Jenna Gill breached the plea agreement reached with her, under a state Court of Appeals ruling.
In addition, Jamie Lee Weigel's lawyer, Peter A. Bartelt, "provided ineffective assistance in not objecting to the state's substantial material and substantial breach of the plea agreement," District IV Appellate Judge Jennifer E. Nashold wrote for the three-judge panel. She was joined in the opinion by Appellate Judges JoAnne F. Kloppenburg and Rachel A. Graham.
Weigel was charged with two counts of child abuse and two counts of chronic child neglect in connection with the care of her two young children. Her partner, the children's father, also was charged.
Weigel reached a plea deal under which the state agreed to recommend a sentence of no more than 20 years, including both prison and extended supervision time. As part of the deal, Weigel pleaded guilty to one count of child abuse resulting in great bodily harm and one count of chronic child neglect causing bodily harm.
The other two counts were to be dismissed but read in at sentencing.
When the children's father was sentenced to 20 years in prison and five years of probation, Lafayette County Circuit Judge Duane M. Jorgenson "appeared to assign greater culpability to Weigel, remarking that Weigel’s conduct was worse than the father’s," Nashold wrote. "Thus, both the defense and the State assumed it was unlikely that Weigel would receive a lesser sentence than the father received."
A Department of Corrections pre-sentence investigation recommended a sentence of 14 years in prison and six years of extended supervision. Bartelt submitted a sentencing memo based on an alternative PSI. The memo recommended 10 years in prison, 10 years of extended supervision, and five years of probation, for a total sentence of 25 years.
At the sentencing hearing, Gill said the state's recommendation was for 14 years in prison and six years of extended supervision, but then talked about the sentencing memo and said, "So, there’s not a lot that we’re arguing about today. Both parties agree that 25 years in total is appropriate. The only issue then is the amount of initial incarceration."
Bartelt did not object to the statement. He said later that he recommended a longer than the agreed-upon sentence because he believed the judge would impose a sentence at least as long as the one handed to Weigel's partner.
Jorgenson sentenced Weigel to 20 years in prison and 10 years of extended supervision. Weigel's new lawyer, Cary E Bloodworth, filed post-conviction motions alleging breach of the plea agreement and ineffective assistance by Bartelt. Jorgenson denied them and Weigel appealed.
Gill's explicit recommendation for a 25-year sentence at best was an "end run" around the plea agreement, Nashold wrote. "Such indirect undercutting of the plea agreement is ... prohibited."
The state argued on appeal that it never promised not to recommend a sentence that included probation. Instead, it said, the state agreed only to limit its recommendation for prison and extended supervision.
But, Nashold said, the state did not explicitly recommend probation.
"In any event, the State’s argument fares no better even if we assume that the State’s remarks, in full, were meant to convey its recommendation of a 20-year bifurcated sentence followed by a five-year term of probation," she wrote.
Rather, the panel agreed with Weigel that “the [S]tate’s attempt to inject a technical definition of the word ‘sentence’ into the context of plea negotiations is misguided.”
"Here," Nashold said, "the record shows that both Weigel and the State construed the term 'sentence' broadly, to include any term of probation that might be imposed by the court. At the Machner hearing (a post-conviction hearing regarding the effectiveness of counsel), Weigel testified that she believed that 'everything would be capped at 20 years.' And at sentencing, the state itself used the term 'sentence' to refer to the combined bifurcated sentence and period of probation recommended by Weigel, describing that 'total' 'sentence' as '25 years.' ”
The panel rejected the state's argument that Bartelt's sentencing memo implicitly modified the plea agreement and Weigel was not deprived of the benefits of a bargained-for agreement.
"We agree with Weigel that her strategy in arguing for a 25-year total sentence does not diminish the significance of the state’s breach," Nashold said. She added: "We also agree with Weigel that – given the circuit court’s apparent view that she was more culpable than the father – it was particularly important that the state adhere to the twenty-year cap that it had agreed to, so as to counteract the effect of the father’s sentence."
Bartelt testified that he may not even have realized at the time that Gill breached the plea agreement, Nashold said.
"In any event, we agree with Weigel that counsel’s failure to object would constitute deficient performance even if that failure were based on strategic considerations," she wrote.
Weigel will be sentenced by a different judge.
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"Within these containment zones, building codes and zoning ordinances are not enforced, blight and slums are the norm, and crime is permitted. Law enforcement contains the crime rather than stops the crime," the complaint states.
They accuse the city and Milwaukee County of violating federal anti-discrimination laws in addition to state and local safe housing laws while claiming to be in compliance in order to receive federal funds.
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Foundation for Economic Education: Economic benefits of criminal-justice reform.
According to the Center for American Progress, criminal recidivism reduces annual GDP by $65 billion a year. Moving to a less punitive criminal justice system in which prisoners have access to more educational and job-training opportunities would reduce recidivism, and, by expanding the labor force, boost the economy. Furthermore, removing occupational licensing laws that prevent ex-criminals from entering certain professions would help accelerate economic reintegration.
LawFare: Thoughts on the U.S. Supreme Court's case restricting the Environmental Protection Agency.
In 1970, Sen. Roman Hruska of Nebraska achieved a dubious immortality when he argued that mediocrity deserves “a little representation” on the Supreme Court in remarks supporting the failed nomination of G. Harrold Carswell. Were he alive today, Hruska could say, “Mission accomplished.” A reading of the Court’s opinion in West Virginia v. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) in June provides abundant evidence of ignorance, bad faith, and, yes, mediocrity in the arguments presented in limiting the EPA’s authority. Despite all that, thanks to a sea change in the economy, the Court’s decision may have only a minor impact on efforts to reduce greenhouse gas emissions in the United States. It could, however, hurt international efforts to coordinate action on climate change.
Associated Press: Jury hits Alex Jones with $45.2 million in punitive damages for his lies about the Sandy Hook Elementary School massacre.
It could be a while before the plaintiffs collect anything. Jones’ lead attorney, Andino Reynal, told the judge he will appeal and ask the courts to drastically reduce the size of the verdict.
After the hearing, Reynal said he thinks the punitive amount will be reduced to as little as $1.5 million.
’We think the verdict was too high. ... Alex Jones will be on the air today, he’ll be on the air tomorrow, he’ll be on the air next week. He’s going to keep doing his job holding the power structure accountable.”
Above the Law: Harsh sentences for marijuana occur not just in Russia, but here at home, too.
Everything about what’s happening to Brittney Griner is wrong, but don’t let the fact that a terrorist regime is trying to make an example out of her give you a false sense of moral superiority. An ounce and a half of pot has a man in prison without the possibility of parole for the rest of his life in the United States of America in 2022!
Marijuana Moment: Federal government to fund study on how concentration of marijuana compounds in breath changes over time.
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Madison.com: U.S. Senate committee plans Bureau of Prisons oversight hearing after BOP keeps embattled former director on as an adviser.
Sen. Dick Durbin, D-Ill., who demanded Michael Carvajal be fired last November amid myriad failings, told the AP in a statement he was dismayed by continuing misconduct within the agency and by its unwillingness to completely cut ties with the former director.
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel: Severe staffing shortages at the Milwaukee County Jail cause dangerous conditions for residents and low morale for staff.
David Aumann, 66, said he spent nearly 40 hours in central booking after his electronic monitoring bracelet ran out of battery in May.
He said he was packed in a "bullpen" room with roughly 70 other individuals — mostly without masks — awaiting placement in the jail. While some people tried sleeping on the floor, he tried cat-napping while leaning against the wall.
"They're overbooked at that place," he told the Journal Sentinel. "There are no places to get any sleep. It's filthy."
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Reuters: Jury finds that Alex Jones liable for $4 million in damages for Sandy Hook falsehoods.
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By Gretchen Schuldt
Police did not have probable cause to search a man driving a car that smelled like marijuana when the man himself did not, the state Court of Appeals has ruled.
The decision also revolved partly around the issue of whether the smell of illegal marijuana can be differentiated from that of legal CBD.
Quaheem O. Moore told two officers after a traffic stop that he was driving a borrowed car. The officers, who said they could smell marijuana emanating from the car, acknowledged that they could not smell it on Moore himself, the District IV appeals panel said in upholding a ruling by Wood County Circuit Judge Nicholas Brazeau Jr.
Moore also told officers that a vape pipe he was carrying, discovered during a pat-down for weapons, was for CBD, which is legal in Wisconsin.
"The officers...informed Moore that they were going to conduct a search of his person based on 'the odor of marijuana' coming from the vehicle," Appellate Judge Rachel A. Graham said in her decision for the three-judge panel. She was joined by Appellate Judges Brian W. Blanchard and Jennifer E. Nashold.
The officers at first found nothing, but eventually found cocaine and fentanyl in two baggies in a hidden pocket behind the zipper of Moore's pants.
He was charged with intent to deliver drugs and possession with intent to deliver cocaine, both as a repeater.
Moore, represented by attorney Eric Sheets, moved to suppress the evidence.
Judge Brazeau acknowledged that "the odor of marijuana in a vehicle, alone, may give officers probable cause to arrest the driver, but...concluded that the officers in this case failed to link the odor to Moore and Moore offered innocent explanations for the odor," Graham wrote.
Moore hit the curb with his car when he was pulled over, but Brazeau also said that was largely irrelevant because the officers did not emphasize any signs of intoxication. The officers also had contended they saw Moore throw a liquid from a car, but Brazeau said that, too, was largely irrelevant.
The state appealed.
Graham, in her opinion, said the state did not even show that the odor was "unmistakably" that of marijuana, as required by state Supreme Court precedent.
Graham also rejected the state's contention that officers could infer that Moore's CBD consumption meant he also smoked marijuana.
The Supreme Court had directed courts to consider officers' testimony regarding their training and experience in identifying the odor of marijuana, as well as its strength, recency, and source, she said.
"First, the State did not offer any evidence at the suppression hearing that the officers had training or experience that enabled them to reliably identify the odor of marijuana," she wrote.
The state "did not elicit testimony or any other evidence that either officer had any training or experience relating to the odor of marijuana," Graham said. "Although the state elicited testimony that both officers had conducted at least one traffic stop prior to the traffic stop in question, neither officer was asked about their training or experience in identifying the odor of marijuana, whether raw, burnt, or in liquid form; in identifying the strength, recency, or source of marijuana; or, in distinguishing the odor of marijuana from other odors, including CBD. The state elicited no testimony that either officer had even smelled the odor of marijuana prior to stopping Moore."
The state also said the smell of legal CBD is indistinguishable from that of illegal marijuana and Brazeau accepted that as fact.
"Thus, the officers were confronted with two possible explanations for the odor: legal CBD or illegal marijuana," Graham wrote. "If CBD, which is legal, produces an odor that is indistinguishable from THC, which is illegal, then the odor of CBD may be 'mistaken' for the odor of marijuana."
Still, officers were not required to accept Moore's explanation that he vaped CBD, she said.
"However, with no discernible ability to identify the odor of marijuana or distinguish it from CBD, the officers could not rule out CBD, or even meaningfully undermine it, as the source of the odor. ... The odor cannot be unmistakably that of marijuana if officers are unable to rule out an innocent explanation for the odor," Graham wrote.
The state also failed to link Moore's vaping device to marijuana, Graham said. She also rejected the state's contention that officers could infer that Moore's CBD consumption meant he also smoked marijuana.
"Neither officer testified to having knowledge, based on their training and experience, that people who consume CBD are more likely to consume THC, and the State has not explained why it would be reasonable to draw that inference regardless of the lack of factual support," she said.
"We conclude the officers lacked probable cause to arrest Moore. ...Therefore, the search of Moore was not a lawful search incident to arrest," Graham wrote.
Moore was represented on appeal by attorneys Tracey A. Wood and Joshua Hargrove. The state was represented by Assistant Attorney General Jacob J. Wittwer and Wood County Assistant District Attorney David Knaapen.
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Associated Press: Wisconsin Elections Commission won't recommend charges against man who admitted he fraudulently ordered absentee ballots.
The Wisconsin Elections Commission also deadlocked on a Republican commissioner’s proposal to tighten access to the website after Democratic commissioners complained that such a move would make it harder to vote.
The Daily Beast: Another sexual misconduct allegation against Justice Brett Kavanaugh.
Minnesota Reformer: What happened to the Supreme Court investigation into the leak?
This Sphinx-like response is contrary to the public interest. Because such a high-profile fuss was made about the matter, the tribunal owes it to the public to disclose what is taking place. That public funds — taxpayer dollars — are being used for whatever inquiry is supposedly occurring adds — to borrow a word from Justice Sonia Sotomayor’s dissent in the Dobbs case — judicial “stench” from this entire episode.
Slate: What the results of the Kansas referendum vote can tell us.
The newest polling from Gallup suggests that abortion has become a newly salient issue this summer, and that the gender gap between men and women on the issue of abortion has increased since Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization overruled Roe in June. This was borne out in Kansas, where voter registration surged among women after Dobbs. Efforts of those who have taken the position that forced birth is somehow pleasant and rewarding, even for America’s 10-year-old rape victims, have backfired spectacularly, as have their claims that abortion rights advocates are lying about new dangers that abortion bans pose to patients with high-risk pregnancies or who are experiencing a miscarriage.
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On Aug. 2, four Democrat candidates running for the Milwaukee County sheriff position joined WJI in a virtual forum to answer questions about their professional experience, issues in the sheriff's department, and plans for the office if elected.
Candidates (alphabetically) Denita Ball, Brian Barkow, and Thomas Beal appear on the ballot. Mohamed Awad is conducting a write-in campaign.
Voters will choose between the candidates in the primary election on Aug. 9. Because no Republican is running, the winner of the primary is expected to win in November as well.
If you missed the Salon, or if you want to watch or listen again, click on the image below to view the recording. (Note: Candidate Awad appears in the video without a visual of his person. He did appear visually on screen in the Zoom meeting. However, because of audio difficulties he had to dial in to be heard, so a truncated phone number appears in the video while he is speaking.)
Recordings of this and several past Salons are also available on WJI's YouTube channel here.
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