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Wisconsin News and Press Releases

October 1, 2012

State Supreme Court Justice David Prosser helped appoint a critic of the ethics case against him to the state’s Judicial Commission – even though the panel could still have a hand in that case. On a 4-to-3 vote last month, the Supreme Court named retired attorney Frank Daily to the commission, which oversees the state’s entire judicial system. The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel said Daily wrote a letter-to-the-editor of that paper in May, calling the ethics charges against Prosser unfair. Read more at WTAQ

September 30, 2012

State Supreme Court Justice David Prosser and three other justices have appointed a retired attorney to the Wisconsin Judicial Commission who has said the ethics case against Prosser is unfair. The court voted 4-3 to appoint Frank J. Daily to the commission last month, at a time when the case against Prosser faces major hurdles. Read more at the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

September 27, 2012

When Dane County Circuit Court Judge Juan Colas ruled parts of Act 10 unconstitutional, Gov. Scott Walker pushed the easy and predictable rhetorical button. Colas, the governor charged, was a "liberal Dane County activist judge." When I was mayor we had several cases before Judge Colas. He was always regarded as thorough, fair and thoughtful even when he ruled against us. Read more at Isthmus Daily Page

September 27, 2012

Dane County Judge Juan B. Colas has gotten outraged letters and calls after ruling against parts of Act 10, Wisconsin’s law that restricted collective bargaining for many public employees. For more, see Gavel Grab

September 26, 2012

Gov. Scott Walker’s collective bargaining law was struck down late on the night of Friday, Sept. 14. The Wisconsin Supreme Court has yet to rule on the constitutionality of the law, but already a firestorm of debate and controversy has taken place. The most recent action in the unending battle between Walker and the unions is the governor’s request that his supporters begin signing petitions. The purpose of these petitions is to raise support and finances for the collective bargaining law. Read more at UW Badger Herald

September 26, 2012

A Dane County judge who struck down parts of Act 10, the state’s law weakening collective bargaining for some public workers, has drawn a spate of letters and phone messages expressing outrage in colorful, at times vitriolic language. “You are no more than a cheap political hack for the Marxist Democratic Party,” declares one email sent to Circuit Court Judge Juan B. Colas by someone using a fake name. Read more at the Wisconsin Law Journal

September 21, 2012

Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker  launched a petition drive critical of a judge who ruled that many of Walker’s restrictions on collective bargaining rights for public workers were unconstitutional. For more, read Gavel Grab.

September 20, 2012

Gov. Scott Walker continued his attack Thursday on the judge who ruled against his limits on collective bargaining for public workers, launching a petition drive for those who support his changes.  "An activist judge in Madison chose to put politics ahead of your votes by striking down Governor Walker's good government budget reforms," the petition from Walker's campaign says. Read more at the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

September 18, 2012

Wisconsin Attorney General J.B. Van Hollen asked a state court judge to delay, pending appeal, a decision that laws curbing public employee collective bargaining rights are unconstitutional.  Judge Juan B. Colas in Madison on Sept. 14 ruled the legislation known as Act 10, signed by Governor Scott Walker last year, violated public workers’ rights of free speech and free association. Read more at Businessweek

September 10, 2012

In a perfect world, no one would go to court, but in our imperfect one many people who need the help or protection of the legal system can't afford entry, and even advocates committed to helping them run into barriers. Those concerns are the focus of a public hearing Thursday at Marquette University Law School, hosted by the Wisconsin Access to Justice Commission, created by the state Supreme Court and the State Bar of Wisconsin to study how to improve poor residents' navigation of the civil courts.  Read more at The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

August 14, 2012

Here’s an ingenious example of using a system to your advantage. You may remember David Prosser. He’s the Wisconsin Supreme Court justice who won a re-election campaign when a clerk in Waukesha County “found” a bag of ballots at the last minute. He also made headlines for grabbing his fellow state Supreme Court justice by the neck during a deliberation, with the entire Court present. Read more in Fire Dog Lake.

August 11, 2012

Wisconsin Supreme Court Justice Michael Gableman becomes the third member of the state’s high court to recuse himself from hearing the complaint against fellow Justice David Prosser. Read more in the Pierce County Herald.

August 11, 2012

A third Wisconsin Supreme Court justice has recused himself from the ethics case against fellow Justice David Prosser, casting doubt on whether the high court will ever hear the case. Justice Michael Gableman’s recusal today leaves the court without a quorum to hear the disciplinary case against Prosser. Read more in the Wisconsin State Journal.

August 10, 2012

The ethics case against Wisconsin Supreme Court Justice David Prosser over his altercation with a colleague last year appears all but dead now that a third justice has recused himself from hearing the matter. As expected, Justice Michael Gableman, in a decision announced Friday,  joined justices Annette Ziegler and Patience Roggensack in saying he would not take part in considering the March complaint by the Wisconsin Judicial Commission. Read more in the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel.

August 2, 2012

Advocates say low income people in Wisconsin are being denied access to justice. They made their case Tuesday in Eau Claire to a state commission looking for ways to improve legal options for those in poverty. Read more in the Superior Telegram.

July 31, 2012

Gov. Scott Walker says the process for reviewing complaints against sitting state Supreme Court justices must be one that instills confidence, but he won't say whether changes should be made. Read more in The Associated Press.

July 30, 2012

Writing in 1993, Colby College political science professor L. Sandy Maisel called political party platforms "the most important document(s) that a political party produces" but also "worthless pieces of paper," because so few voters know what they contain. Read more in the Isthmus Daily Page.

July 27, 2012

A second state Supreme Court justice has recused herself in the ethics case against Justice David Prosser, a further sign the case could end prematurely. Prosser is accused of violating the judicial ethics code by putting his hands on the neck of Justice Ann Walsh Bradley during a June 2011 dispute. Read more in the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel.

July 25, 2012

Wisconsin state judges who were among nearly a million residents who signed petitions that triggered an unsuccessful recall election against Republican Governor Scott Walker did not breach their judicial obligations, a state ethics panel has found. Read more in Reuters.

July 23, 2012

State Supreme Court Justice David Prosser has re-christened his campaign finance account as a defense fund, which he said he is considering using to fight allegations that he violated judicial ethics rules by putting his hands on the neck of a fellow justice last year. Read more in The Associated Press.

July 23, 2012

The hearing room of the Wisconsin Supreme Court could be a Beaux-Arts museum, exhibiting images of justice as idealized in America for centuries: ornate, dignified, above reproach. Light pours in through a huge leaded-glass skylight, radiating off veined white marble. Read more in The American Scholar.

July 12, 2012

Wisconsin judges who signed petitions for this year's gubernatorial recall election acted within their rights and the bounds of judicial ethics, the Wisconsin Judicial Commission has ruled. Read more in the Wausau Daily Herald.

July 11, 2012

On inauguration day, Gov. Scott Walker inherited the important duty of appointing citizens to more than 190 state boards and commissions. Read more in the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel.

July 11, 2012

"These are not people who require any hand holding - they are fiercely conservative and will never wimp out. There will be no surprises." That's what former Assembly Speaker John Gard said in an email about two people he was recommending for appointment to the state Judicial Commission. Read more in the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel.

July 10, 2012

The state supreme court has deadlocked again on the issue of recusal. The three-to-three vote means that, at least for now, the court will not revisit the controversial collective bargaining law. Read more in the Superior Telegram.

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