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
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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.
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
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
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
"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.
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.
The Wisconsin Supreme Court is in the news again, splitting evenly in its review of an order by Justice Michael Gableman declining to recuse himself in a case in which a law firm (but not the individual lawyers) which represented him in a disciplinary proceeding represented one of the parties. Read more in the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel.
Gov. Scott Walker relied on recommendations from a former Assembly speaker who once worked for state Supreme Court Justice David Prosser in appointing members of a commission investigating Prosser, newly released records show. Read more in the Milwaukee Journal Senitinel.
The state Supreme Court won’t reconsider a lawsuit challenging Gov. Scott Walker’s collective bargaining law without Justice Michael Gableman. Read more in The Associated Press.
In a 3-3 vote, the Wisconsin Supreme Court has rejected a rehearing in a recusal dispute involving one of its justices who received free legal help from a law firm. Read more in theABA Journal.
An early thought on the US Supreme Court's 5-4 ruling today upholding the Affordable Health Care Act, with Chief Justice John Roberts, a George W. Bush appointee, providing the key fifth vote: Read more in the Journal Sentinel.