State Supreme Court hopeful touts her experience, values

Milwaukee County Judge Rebecca Dallet says her career prosecuting and judging criminal defendants is the kind of experience a state Supreme Court justice needs. She also says she wants to restore confidence in the state’s highest court. Read her interview with the Janesville Gazette here.

The rise of Wisconsin’s partisan Supreme Court

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Historically, Wisconsin has separated partisan offices from non-partisan ones, with non-partisan offices holding elections in November, nonpartisan in April. Among the April elections are judges, in the hope that voters choose based on integrity, skill, and intelligence rather than party. Recently, however, judicial elections—particularly for the state supreme court—have become effectively partisan. > Urban Milwaukee

Wisconsin Supreme Court takes up open records case that pits unions against Scott Walker

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The state Supreme Court heard arguments Tuesday in an open records case that could determine how quickly state officials must produce documents. The case pits a Madison teachers union against an employment commission controlled by an appointee of Gov. Scott Walker, who has long clashed with unions. > Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

Wisconsin Supreme Court candidate hires Koch operatives

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Michael Screnock, a conservative candidate for the open Wisconsin Supreme Court seat in next spring’s elections, has hired two former executives with the Koch-backed Americans for Prosperity as campaign advisors. > Urban Milwaukee

State Supreme Court hopeful arrested twice in 1989

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Sauk County Circuit Judge Michael Screnock, who is running for the state Supreme Court, was arrested and ticketed for trespassing and obstructing officers twice in 1989 while he was participating in the protests against a Madison abortion clinic. > La Crosse Tribune

Wisconsin Supreme Court candidate: Political values of state high court justices matter

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In a guest column for the Cap Times, Wisconsin Supreme Court candidate Time Burns writes: Wisconsin is ultimately not dependent on the U.S. Supreme Court’s gerrymandering decision to fix our redistricting problems. Our state has a constitution, too, and any redistricting measure has to comply with it. That’s why the political values of our judges matter.

 

State doesn’t need another lawless justice on high court

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Touting endorsements from scandal-plagued politicians, Wisconsin Supreme Court candidate Michael Screnock has fallen in with the wrong crowd. By associating his campaign with current and former jurists who have shamed themselves and the court, Screnock signals that, at the very least, he has no understanding of the crisis the court is facing. > Cap Times