Supreme Court rules for defense lawyer who argues DOC has overstated how often offenders commit future crimes.
Wisconsin Justice Initiative via Urban Milwaukee: Gretchen Schuldt, Wisconsin Justice Initiative | Mar. 14, 2021
The Department of Corrections must turn over a database containing information about sex offenders that a defense lawyer contends could show the state has been overstating how likely sex offenders are to commit future sexual violence, the Wisconsin Supreme Court ruled, 4-3, Wednesday.
Justice Rebecca F. Dallet‘s opinion for the majority recounts how far DOC officials went to block lawyers for Anthony James Jendusa from getting the information.
Among other things, the Department of Corrections’ legal counsel twice advised its staff not to turn over a database containing information about state sex offenders, despite a subpoena and then a court order requiring the agency to do so, Dallet wrote. A DOC psychologist testified he failed for more than a year to open an email that could potentially undercut his evaluation methods. And a DOC research committee said Jendusa could have the information, but then never provided it.
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Here is the court case:
Wisconsin v. Jenjusa
Supreme Court of Wisconsin Case No. 018AP2357-LV
Opinion and decision, Mar. 10, 2021: