What’s the deal with the Wisconsin Supreme Court?

July 6, 2010

Just last week the Wisconsin Supreme Court, in an odd fashion, issued two separate opinions for the judicial disciplinary proceeding of their fellow justice, The Honorable Michael J. Gableman. It was alleged that Justice Gableman violated judicial ethics by running a campaign ad that knowingly misrepresented his opponent, Louis Butler. The court split 3-3 (Justice Gableman recused himself). Because both sides lacked a four-judge majority, no action will be taken against Gableman. However, it may be awkward around the water cooler at the Wisconsin Supreme Court.

You can read both opinions on Westlaw at 2010 WL 2616960 and 2010 WL 2616715.

What’s your take on the situation?




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