Brief filed: 08/12/2021
Wisconsin v. Lee
Supreme Court of Wisconsin; Case No. 2019AP221-CR
Decision below 955 N.W.2d 424 (Wisc. Ct. App. 2021)
NACDL’s amicus brief argues that lengthy delays in the appointment of counsel unconstitutionally prejudice the accused’s ability to mount a defense. Failing to appoint counsel promptly hinders opportunities for pretrial release. Delaying the appointment of counsel prevents early investigation and evidence gathering. Failing to appoint counsel promptly also delays critical counseling and negotiations.
Jerome F. Buting, Buting, Williams & Stilling, S.C., Brookfield, WI.