Thursday, April 23, 2015

Chief Justice Abrahamson is right to seek clarification of conflict

Editorial in The Capital Times.
"it was as the chief justice that Abrahamson stood for re-election in 1999 and 2009, facing determined opposition from special-interest groups and supporters of right-wing judicial activism. She campaigned as the chief — explicitly highlighting her position and service — and was re-elected by landslide margins.

"After winning re-election in 2009, Abrahamson was sworn in for a new 10-year term on the court — and, under the laws and traditions of the state, as chief justice.
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"legislators tried to cloak their intentions by writing a vague amendment that left open the question of when or how the new selection process would be implemented. They did this knowing that if they specified immediate implementation, the blatant attempt to politicize the court would be rejected by the voters."

(via The Wheeler Report)