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 News and Press Releases
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.
As an elected district attorney, Christian Gossett is one of the few people Wisconsin's concealed carry law specifically allows to wear a weapon in a courthouse. Read more in the Jounral Sentinel.
For the first time, we're hearing from a Wisconsin Supreme Court Justice, at the center of an incident that has lead to an ethics code investigation. Read more in FOX 11 news.
Wisconsin’s Judicial Commission had voted unanimously in January to pursue misconduct charges against Supreme Court Justice David Prosser. But in February, the panel had voted on reconsidering the complaint, with a possibility of dropping it. Read more in WTAQ News.
The Wisconsin Judicial Commission unanimously decided in January to file an ethics complaint against Supreme Court Justice David Prosser but split 3-3 a month later on whether to reconsider the decision, according to records released Wednesday. Read details in the Republic.
The Wisconsin Supreme Court’s vote not to reappoint the chairman of a judicial discipline commission drew condemnation from a former state bar leader and an editorial board. For more, visit Gavel Grab.
Wisconsin Justice David Prosser has now asked three fellow justices to step aside in an ethics case against him, because they witnessed an incident at issue. Find out more from Gavel Grab.
In the wake of controversy about a Wisconsin judge’s signing a petition urging recall of Gov. Scott Walker, a Gannett Wisconsin media analysis has found that 29 circuit judges were among the 930,000 people who signed petitions urging the same recall. The number of judges signing the petitions represented 12 percent of about 250 county-level judges.
Wisconsin's Judicial Commission is seeking the disciplining of state Supreme Court Justice David Prosser after he allegedly put a fellow justice in a chokehold during a dispute. Find out more from Gavel Grab.
Wisconsin has a "loose and secretive system for determining when judges and justices should recuse themselves," a series by the Wisconsin Center for Investigative Journalism reported. Visit Gavel Grab for more.
A Wisconsin Supreme Court decision to close the doors on its discussion of most administrative matters was vigorously criticized by a Wisconsin State Journal editorial. Read Gavel Grab for more.
Two Wisconsin Supreme Court justices say it’s time to consider some form of merit selection for the Badger State’s highest court. Learn more from Gavel Grab.
With Republicans calling it a political stunt and few lawmakers stepping forward to co-sponsor it, a resolution to remove Wisconsin Supreme Court Justice Michael Gableman looks like it doesn’t have enough support to move on. ...
Two state Supreme Court justices who face ethics questions, Wisconsin's Michael Gableman and Pennsylvania's Joan Orie Melvin, have declined to recuse from hotly disputed cases. Find details in Gavel Grab.
A Wisconsin State Journal editorial, reflecting on a new ethics controversy facing Justice Michael Gableman, voices outrage over the “dysfunctional state Supreme Court” and calls for adoption of merit selection. Read Gavel Grab for more.
Democratic State Rep. Kelda Helen Roys of Wisconsin, an attorney who is running for Congress, has circulated a resolution seeking the removal of state Supreme Court Justice Michael Gableman. For more, see Gavel Grab.