Oct 31, 1995 Monfils Homicide: Appeals likely, but some different lawyers pg 2
A-2 A-2 A-2 Tuesday. October 31, 1995 Green Bay Press-Gazette Press-Gazette Press-Gazette From A-l A-l A-l Monfils forward from there. Four defense lawyers Parent. Finne, Avram Berk (Basten's lawyer) and Gerald Boyle (Hirn's lawyer) - said they would file intents to appeal, which are due within 20 days after sentencing. Most lawyers didn't want to get too specific about the grounds for an appeal, but they agreed there were many in the six-defendant six-defendant six-defendant trial that covered five weeks. "I'm not going to talk about that right now except to say there is sufficient sufficient grounds because the evidence evidence wasn't such to put (Him) in the loop that killed Mr. Monfils," Boyle said. Several lawyers said trying six defendants at once may be grounds for appeal. "Certainly the issue of trying all of them together results in some hearsay problems," Finne said. The uniqueness of the Monfils trial opens up "issues that have never been explored," Parent said. It had the potential for "antagonistic "antagonistic defenses" with the accused defending themselves from each other as well as from the prosecution, prosecution, he said. "And I think one of the problems is the prejudicial effect of the order of questioning," he said. Defense lawyers worked in a rotation, but some complained How appeal process works File intent to appeal: Defense lawyers must file within within 20 days after sentencing. No reasons for the appeal have to be given at this time. Who handles appeal: Most of the convicted Monfils defendants probably will have state-appointed state-appointed state-appointed appellate lawyers. These lawyers make the initial decision, after reading reading trial transcripts, on whether there is merit for an appeal. Where appeals go to court: District 3 Court of Appeals in Wausau. Three judges rule on appeals cases: Daniel LaRocque, R. Thomas Cane and Gordon Myse. What could happen: The case could be denied. It could be sent back for a new trial. And, rarely, the verdict could be overturned and charges against the defendant dismissed. dismissed. throughout the trial that where they were in the order placed them at a disadvantage. Mike Piaskowski's lawyer, Tim Pedretti, and Mike Johnson's lawyer, Eric Steam, were not available available for comment.