Byline: Derek Hawkins
WI Court of Appeals District IV
Case Name: State of Wisconsin v. Autumn Marie Love Lopez, et al.
Case No.: 2017AP913-CR; 2017AP914-CR
Officials: Sherman, Kloppenburg and Fitzpatrick, JJ.
Focus: Multiple Alleged Acts Duplicitous Complaint
In these consolidated appeals, the State appeals judgments of the circuit court dismissing the State's criminal complaints against Autumn Marie Love Lopez and Amy Rodriguez. Lopez and Rodriguez were each charged with a single count of retail theft of items valued at more than $500 but less then $5,000, as parties to a crime. See WIS. STAT. 943.50(1m)(c) and (4)(bf), and 939.05 (2015-16). On Lopez's and Rodriguez's motions, the circuit court dismissed the complaints on the ground they are improperly duplicitous. The State argues that the complaints are not improperly duplicitous because it has authority under WIS. STAT. 971.36(3)(a) to charge as one continuous offense the multiple alleged acts of retail theft that underlie the single charge. Alternatively, the State argues that it can do so pursuant to its general prosecutorial charging discretion. For the reasons...