Archive for the 'Watchdogging the Judiciary' Category

28
February
2013

Change the Dialogue, Change the Debate

One thing that moderates and liberals are lousy at doing is advocating for what they really want. They give their causes benign little names, their bills get titled things that barely represent what they really are, but they allow the opposition to belittle them. They need to get tough for a change. There’s a reason […]

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25
May
2008

Who Judges the Judges?

Today The New York Times takes a front-page look at the Butler–Gableman election fiasco, using it to highlight the contrast between the U.S.'s elected judges and the selection systems used by other countries. Comments to the article are already closed, but most of the 40 that have been posted are worth reading. The hazards of […]

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17
November
2007

Cashing in on Conflicts of Interest: Justice Annette Ziegler

Todays Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel points out that State Supreme Court Justice Annette Ziegler is recusing herself from some of the cases that come before her. Key word “some”. Ziegler doesn’t deserve a medal. Before being elected to her current position on the Wisconsin Supreme Court, Ziegler heard cases where she had a direct financial conflict of […]

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31
May
2007

Biskupic’s incompetence causes mixed feelings on the McGee Indictment

I’m not a fan of Alderman Michael McGee Jr. In fact, I’ve thought he was a parasite who deserved to be tossed out of office in his next election. Still, I can’t even be pleased with his indictment because it was brought by the overly partisan US Attorney Steven Biskupic. This is the same Biskupic […]

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13
May
2007

Video: Senator Sullivan Argues for “Right to Know” about Judicial Economic Interests

If Wisconsin Judges had the same requirement on them as state legislators and local officials, there would not be this ongoing debate as to whether Judges are acting impartially. That’s the crux of this video (click here) featuring State Senator Jim Sullivan (D-Wauwatosa). “It’s a disclosure bill. It’s a right to know bill” said Sullivan. […]

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27
April
2007

Ziegler: Ethics? I don’t need no steenking ethics!

In a ballsy move, Wisconsin state Supreme Court Justice-elect Annette Ziegler is arguing that since she’s been elected to the position of Supreme Court, and since the Court is a fully independent and empowered level of government, she should not have to answer to an ethics board. This is an unprecedented level of chutzpah! All […]

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