Supreme Court Justice in Hot Water

In this update: 1. Judicial Commission files complaint against Gableman 2. Bailout vote mirrored campaign money pattern Supreme Court Justice in Hot Water

Email date: 10/7/08

In this update:
1. Judicial Commission files complaint against Gableman
2. Bailout vote mirrored campaign money pattern

Wisconsin has been electing its Supreme Court for over 150 years, and never once in the first century and a half was the court put in a position of having to discipline one of its own members for judicial misconduct. Now for the second time in a matter of months, the high court will be considering whether to take disciplinary action against a sitting justice.

The state Judicial Commission today filed a complaint against Justice Michael Gableman alleging a "willful violation" of the state code of judicial conduct. To read the complaint, go here.

It is hardly a coincidence judicial misconduct charges have been leveled against the justices elected in the last two Supreme Court elections. What is happening to the court is a direct byproduct of poisoned campaigns and screams out for a major overhaul of the way Supreme Court elections are conducted.

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Before the Wall Street bailout was signed, sealed and delivered we were blogging about why it was so likely to be approved. Sure enough, it passed. Now the national Center for Responsive Politics has issued an analysis of the final vote in the House showing how the votes followed the money.