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Friday, October 30, 2009

Four Wisconsin Justices Embarrass State Judicial System

The State Supreme Court adopted a rule Wednesday that says campaign contributions and independently run ads in themselves cannot force a judge off of a case. Voting for the WMC-sponsored rule were Justices Patience Roggensack, Annette Ziegler, David Prosser and Michael Gableman. In effect, they have laid out the welcome mat for big money contributions and third party advocates to spend as much money as they can on their re-election campaigns.
Wisconsin Law Journal Excerpt:
“People give money to someone they think will be fair and impartial,” said Gableman. “I don’t think there is any weird motive or agenda for judges if they get $1,000 or $10,000.”
Luckily I'm not a big gambling man because I would have lost big numbers betting that justice would prevail.

JS Online Excerpt:
"It rejects this almost implicit assumption that I hear . . . that somehow candidates would somehow be tempted to make improper decisions based on something as low as $1,000," he said.
Hear that? It'll cost more than a grand to tempt Gableman.

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