Recusals

To the Editor,

I re-read a New Yorker Magazine article titled, “The Destruction of the Wisconsin Supreme Court,” authored by Lincoln Caplan, May 5, 2015… written a week after the U.S. Supreme Court ruled in favor of a Florida judicial ruling that prohibited candidates for judgeships from soliciting money for their campaigns.

Chief Justice Roberts said, “Judges are not politicians, even when they come to the bench by way of the ballot... Simply put, Florida and most other States have concluded that the public may lack confidence in a judge’s ability to administer justice without fear or favor if he comes to office by asking for favors.”

I “lack confidence” in many of our justices. Is the court influenced by special interests who “buy” court positions with “obscene” amounts of money?

Why did our Wisconsin Supreme Court lose its nationally well-respected reputation? Failure to implement stronger recusal rules where justices remove themselves from cases involving major donors… bad decorum…cowering to pressure from political groups and government entities…are all examples of how our Court has lost its way.

We vote April 3rd for either Judge (10 years) Dallet or Judge (2+ years) Screnock. Major contributors…Judge Dallet…a $200,000 self-contribution and Judge Screnock…a $142,000 Republican Party contribution and a $529,000 Wisconsin Manufacturers and Commerce contribution!

Both candidates were asked about campaign contributions and recusal rules. Judge Dallet wants stronger rules when MASSIVE amounts of campaign money are in play. Judge Screnock believes the present recusal system is fine, where the judge makes a personal decision on recusal.

Please give careful consideration to who to vote for April 3rd. Vote for the candidate that does not give the appearance of being influenced by big money or by partisanship. Vote to help the Wisconsin Supreme Court regain a reputation as one of the best in the nation!


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