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Madison The Dane County conviction of Gordon Sussman for Repeated Sexual Assault of a Child (2 counts) and Possession of Child Pornography (16 counts) will stand, according to a court of appeals decision issued today. In affirming the conviction, the court of appeals rejected arguments that his trial counsel was ineffective and that the circuit court's admission of hearsay testimony was grounds for a new trial.
Attorney General J.B. Van Hollen, whose office handled the appeal on behalf of the state, praised the decision. "After a ten day trial, the jury convicted Sussman of molesting a child that he was supposed to be mentoring," Van Hollen said. "Sussman tried to manufacture legal technicalities to reverse his conviction, but none of his arguments changed the essential fact that the state put on its best case, his defense counsel offered a spirited defense, and the jury convicted him of this terrible crime. The trial was fair. We are pleased that the court of appeals adopted our arguments on appeal."
A copy of today's decision can be found at: http://www.wicourts.gov/ca/opinion/DisplayDocument.pdf?content=pdf&seqNo=33494
The state was represented by Dane County Assistant District Attorney Jac Heitz at trial and Assistant Attorney General Daniel O'Brien on appeal.