Budget committee approves raises for prosecutors, public defenders, judges

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The Legislature’s budget committee approved raises for prosecutors, public defenders and judges Wednesday, though not at levels requested by those groups. Wisconsin State Journal

Walker seeks applicants to fill vacant Rock County Circuit Court judgeship

Qualified, or know someone who is? Gov. Walker is accepting resumes through May 19 to fill the vacancy that will be left by Michael R. Fitzpatrick, who won election to the District 4 Court of Appeals on April 4. Fitzpatrick departs August 1.  >  Beloit Daily News

Judges say a 16% raise is warranted. Walker offers 2%. Committee votes today.

Among the Joint Finance Committee’s business today is a vote on whether Wisconsin judges should receive a pay hike – possibly a large one. Or, quite possibly, a very small one, in the eyes of Wisconsin judges who know what their peers in other states are being paid.  >  Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel

Federal judge blocks Wisconsin’s ‘cocaine mom’ law

A federal judge has blocked enforcement of a Wisconsin law that allows the state to detain pregnant women suspected of drug or alcohol abuse, ruling Friday that the “cocaine mom” law is “void for vagueness”.  >  Wisconsin State Journal

Lawmakers vote today on Walker plan to move judicial watchdog

The Legislature’s Joint Finance Committee will start taking votes on pieces of Gov. Walker’s proposed budget Monday, including Walker’s plan to move Wisconsin’s judicial watchdog under the power of the Wisconsin Supreme Court, a plan members of the commission and Supreme Court Justice Roggensack oppose.  >  Wisconsin Public Radio

WI Democracy Campaign’s testimony on why we need timely disclosure of judges’ campaign contributions

WDC Executive Director Matt Rothschild testified in front of an Assembly committee today in favor of Bill 137, which he called an important partial step toward rectifying the problem of corruption in our state’s judiciary.  > Wisconsin Democracy Campaign

Everyone else to blame for Wisconsin Supreme Court’s tarnished image

Blaming “tough talk” by critics, Wisconsin’s Chief Justice Pat Roggensack faults the press, advocacy groups, former judges, lawmakers and some of her colleagues for diminishing the court’s reputation with the public.  >  Wisconsin State Journal