August 12, 2012
Prosser squeaks past the graveyard again
In order to take up the Prosser ethics charge, there had to be a quorum of four justices, plus Prosser, but Prosser lobbied his fellow justices hard and he was successful. He asked all of his colleagues to recuse themselves so the ethics charges against him could not be heard! Hooray for the chief, and for Justices Crooks and Ann Walsh Bradley. The Big 3 refused to buckle. But Gableman, Prosser, Ziegler and Rogensack joined Prosser, and so a crime, committed by a sitting justice of the court, will go unpunished. I find this to be the most outrageous action by our Supreme Court since I was sworn into the Bar in 1959.
Something terrible has occurred in Wisconsin and we dare not sweep it under the rug. Money in Supreme Court races has destroyed a once proud and highly respected court. When WMC decided to take over the court, it all changed. WMC raised and spent millions of dollars to elect Prosser, Rogensack, Ziegler and Gableman to sit in chairs once occupied by brilliant and ethical justices. We trusted our court. We bragged about its integrity. I was proud to pay my dues every year. But control of two houses in the Legislature and the governor's office was not enough for the power-hungry lords of the court.
The result is that Wisconsin's Supreme Court is now laughed at by justices from around the country. That is a shame. Prosser should resign. Who can stand before the court believing that justice, not money, shall prevail?
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If Prosser likes the feel of his hands around a neck so much, why isn't he a guitar player??
-Jeffrey P. Erbs | Chippewa Falls, Wisconsin | August 12, 2012
At what point does all this maneuvering become conspiratorial? Guess it all depends what side of the law one is on.
-Pietr Haikuu | Hurley, Wis | August 12, 2012
To paraphrase a certain Republican intellectual: "Money is justice, too, my friend."
-Jeff Pieterick | Waterloo, WI | August 13, 2012