When Judges Should Step Aside

In this update: 1. WDC testifies for second time on judicial ethics 2. Missed this year’s Fighting Bob Fest? Check out the videotape When Judges Should Step Aside

Email date: 9/16/10

In this update:
1. WDC testifies for second time on judicial ethics
2. Missed this year’s Fighting Bob Fest? Check out the videotape

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WDC testifies for second time on judicial ethics
The Democracy Campaign’s director was one of nine invited speakers who gave testimony today to a state legislative study committee looking at ways to improve Wisconsin’s state ethics code for judges and better handle judicial discipline. To read WDC’s testimony, go here. Four state Supreme Court justices were among the nine who spoke to the committee.

This was the second time the committee sought testimony from the Democracy Campaign. Today’s hearing focused on judicial recusal issues. In August, WDC’s director addressed the committee on enforcement of the judicial ethics code and disciplinary matters.

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Missed this year’s Fighting Bob Fest? Check out the videotape
In the event you couldn't make it to last Saturday’s Fighting Bob Fest, you can watch video of Mike McCabe’s remarks here. The text of the speech is here. Please help make this message spread virally by e-mailing a link to people in your address book, tweeting about it on Twitter, highlighting it on your news feed on Facebook, or passing it along in whatever other ways you can imagine.

Mike also was involved in a breakout session at Bob Fest on ways to fight the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision in Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission allowing corporations and unions to spend as much as they want on elections. The discussion ran a half-hour longer than scheduled, and covered everything from the possibility of organizing a citizen vigil at the State Capitol on every day the Legislature is in session next year to a local effort in Madison to put a referendum question dealing with Citizens United on the spring ballot. Organizers for this WDC-backed initiative were out in force Saturday raising awareness and gathering signatures, and are using online tools to arrange more community meet ups. Here’s hoping this idea spreads to many more communities.