Tuesday, July 9, 2013

Longer Supreme Court terms raise concerns

Andrew Beckett reports at Wisconsin Public Radio,
"Wisconsin Democracy Campaign executive director Mike McCabe says the State Bar proposal does not deal with the 'root causes of the problem' currently facing the high court. He says there’s a widespread public view that the court is already beholden to special interests, because of the millions of dollars being spent by outside groups to get them elected in the first place.

"In fact, McCabe believes that having a seat on the bench filled for 16 years could actually escalate the problem. He says 'those interest groups are gonna be anxious to influence that election because it’s the one shot that they’ll have at influencing who sits in that seat for 16 years.'"