What can done 4yrs and jail and a mental hospital later can done?? I'm afraid now.
Being manic might be a mitigating factor at sentencing, but it's a far cry from reaching the level necessary to sustain a "Not Guilty By Reason of Mental Disease or Defect," which requires that you not only did not know right from wrong but also couldn't conform your conduct to what was right. The latter you might be able to prove; the former, not so much.
As for your public defender "intimidating" you, if they told you that being manic wasn't a defense, they were probably right. If I'm reading your question right, it sounds like you already served 4 years of time. At this point, your appellate rights would have long since disappeared, and you can't just overturn the verdict. Granted, you're welcome to hire an appellate specialist to review the file in case I'm wrong, but I think repairing the damage done may be too little too late at this point.
There is insufficient information here to give you a useful answer, but four years after the fact, your post-conviction options are limited. You'll need to hire post-conviction counsel to review your case to see if anything can be done, and if so, what the risks are to you legally. Hopefully you are getting proper treatment now. If you are experiencing constant anxiety despite any medication you may be on, you should discuss this with your treating mental health professionals. Good luck.
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It is difficult to answer your question as you have not stated sufficient facts about what happened in your case. The time deadlines for pursuing a direct appeal under Rule 809.30 of the Wisconsin Rules of Appellate procedure expired long ago. However, there is an appeals procedure under Rule 974.06 of the Wisconsin Statutes that might possibly provide an appellate review. You should consult with an attorney who handles criminal appeals to see if an appeal under Rule 974.06 is possible.
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