Nonparty Brief of National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers.
Argument: 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.
Brief of Amici Curiae the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, Bazelon Center for Mental Health Law, National Disability Rights network, and Disability Rights Wisconsin
Argument: Forced antipsychotic medication implicates the defendant’s constitutional rights. Section 971.14’s involuntary medication provisions are incompatible with Sell. This Court should instruct circuit courts to conduct thorough Sell hearings.