Criminal Law

Hall v. State

Posted on April 14th, 2020

In Hall v. State,[1] the appellate court held that due process prohibits application of a statutory bar on successive petitions when a defendant is raising a post-conviction relief claim based on newly discovered evidence of innocence that was not previously available to the defendant. Defendant Brian Hall was convicted in 1993 of first- and second- Continue Reading »

Jones-Nelson v. State

Posted on April 14th, 2020

In Jones-Nelson v. State,[1] the supreme court ruled the defendant is not required to introduce evidence of each element of self-defense before the defendant can introduce evidence of the victim’s prior acts of and reputation for violence. The defendant and the victim were attending the same party, and they got into an argument after the Continue Reading »

Kasgnoc v. State

Posted on April 14th, 2020

In Kasgnoc v. State,[1] the court of appeals found that the trial court had erred in admitting evidence of a prior sexual assault under the consent defense exemption outlined in Alaska Evidence Rule 404(b)(3), but affirmed the admission under Alaska Evidence Rule 404(b)(4) on the grounds that both the current and previous conduct qualified as Continue Reading »

Kinmon v. State

Posted on April 14th, 2020

In Kinmon v. State,[1] the court of appeals held that a district court has a duty to resolve disputed questions of law related to statutory interpretation and to instruct the jury as to the proper interpretation at issue. Kinmon was a licensed big game guide and tag vendor. On two alleged occasions, Kinmon led hunts Continue Reading »

McDaniels v. State

Posted on April 14th, 2020

In McDaniels v. State,[1] the court of appeals held that when determining if the government had good cause to deny a probationer’s right to confront adverse witnesses against him, courts should weigh the probationer’s interest in confrontation against the government’s good cause for denying it. At Norman McDaniels’ parole revocation hearing, a police officer testified Continue Reading »

Nelson v. State

Posted on April 14th, 2020

In Nelson v. State,[1] the supreme court held that a public defender has a conflict of interest disqualifying him from representation when the petitioner raises a claim of ineffective assistance of counsel against another public defender in the same office, and held that a defendant is entitled to conflict counsel immediately after raising such a Continue Reading »

Ray v. State

Posted on April 14th, 2020

In Ray v. State,[1] the court of appeals 1) affirmed the superior court’s decision to revoke defendant’s probation, 2) held that criminal defendants do not have a constitutional right to refuse further probation, and 3) certified to the supreme court the question of whether criminal defendants have a statutory right to refuse further probation under Continue Reading »

Redding v. State

Posted on April 14th, 2020

In Redding v. State,[1] the court of appeals upheld the state’s concession that the jury instruction regarding the burden of proof was error. Redding was charged with second degree vehicle theft and argued a defense of necessity. The trial court instructed the jury that Redding had the burden to prove this defense by a preponderance Continue Reading »

Robbins v. State

Posted on April 14th, 2020

In Robbins v. State,[1] the appeals court held that where a testifying toxicologist personally reviewed, agreed with, certified, and was authorized to perform the kind of test that yielded results at issue, his testimony about those results did not violate the defendant’s confrontation right. After a visibly impaired driver tested negative for alcohol in a Continue Reading »

State v. Carlson

Posted on April 14th, 2020

In State v. Carlson,[1] the court of appeals held that in order to prevail on a post-conviction claim based on an attorney’s conflict of interest, the defendant must show that his attorney had (1) loyalty to someone else, or a personal interest, that conflicted with defendant’s interests, and (2) the conflict negatively impacted the attorney’s Continue Reading »

Criminal Law

Hall v. State

Posted on April 14th, 2020

In Hall v. State,[1] the appellate court held that due process prohibits application of a statutory bar on successive petitions when a defendant is raising a post-conviction relief claim based on newly discovered evidence of innocence that was not previously available to the defendant. Defendant Brian Hall was convicted in 1993 of first- and second- Continue Reading »

Jones-Nelson v. State

Posted on April 14th, 2020

In Jones-Nelson v. State,[1] the supreme court ruled the defendant is not required to introduce evidence of each element of self-defense before the defendant can introduce evidence of the victim’s prior acts of and reputation for violence. The defendant and the victim were attending the same party, and they got into an argument after the Continue Reading »

Kasgnoc v. State

Posted on April 14th, 2020

In Kasgnoc v. State,[1] the court of appeals found that the trial court had erred in admitting evidence of a prior sexual assault under the consent defense exemption outlined in Alaska Evidence Rule 404(b)(3), but affirmed the admission under Alaska Evidence Rule 404(b)(4) on the grounds that both the current and previous conduct qualified as Continue Reading »

Kinmon v. State

Posted on April 14th, 2020

In Kinmon v. State,[1] the court of appeals held that a district court has a duty to resolve disputed questions of law related to statutory interpretation and to instruct the jury as to the proper interpretation at issue. Kinmon was a licensed big game guide and tag vendor. On two alleged occasions, Kinmon led hunts Continue Reading »

McDaniels v. State

Posted on April 14th, 2020

In McDaniels v. State,[1] the court of appeals held that when determining if the government had good cause to deny a probationer’s right to confront adverse witnesses against him, courts should weigh the probationer’s interest in confrontation against the government’s good cause for denying it. At Norman McDaniels’ parole revocation hearing, a police officer testified Continue Reading »

Nelson v. State

Posted on April 14th, 2020

In Nelson v. State,[1] the supreme court held that a public defender has a conflict of interest disqualifying him from representation when the petitioner raises a claim of ineffective assistance of counsel against another public defender in the same office, and held that a defendant is entitled to conflict counsel immediately after raising such a Continue Reading »

Ray v. State

Posted on April 14th, 2020

In Ray v. State,[1] the court of appeals 1) affirmed the superior court’s decision to revoke defendant’s probation, 2) held that criminal defendants do not have a constitutional right to refuse further probation, and 3) certified to the supreme court the question of whether criminal defendants have a statutory right to refuse further probation under Continue Reading »

Redding v. State

Posted on April 14th, 2020

In Redding v. State,[1] the court of appeals upheld the state’s concession that the jury instruction regarding the burden of proof was error. Redding was charged with second degree vehicle theft and argued a defense of necessity. The trial court instructed the jury that Redding had the burden to prove this defense by a preponderance Continue Reading »

Robbins v. State

Posted on April 14th, 2020

In Robbins v. State,[1] the appeals court held that where a testifying toxicologist personally reviewed, agreed with, certified, and was authorized to perform the kind of test that yielded results at issue, his testimony about those results did not violate the defendant’s confrontation right. After a visibly impaired driver tested negative for alcohol in a Continue Reading »

State v. Carlson

Posted on April 14th, 2020

In State v. Carlson,[1] the court of appeals held that in order to prevail on a post-conviction claim based on an attorney’s conflict of interest, the defendant must show that his attorney had (1) loyalty to someone else, or a personal interest, that conflicted with defendant’s interests, and (2) the conflict negatively impacted the attorney’s Continue Reading »