(Wisconsin State Journal) Should the four-member conservative majority on the Wisconsin Supreme Court decide a case involving groups that spent more than $8 million to get them elected?
That is one question under debate as the high court considers whether to wade into the stalled “John Doe” investigation. A federal court rejected a challenge to the investigation by one of those groups, Wisconsin Club for Growth, late last month, sending it back to the state courts to decide.
Three groups that have fought in court to end the John Doe probe — Club for Growth, Citizens for a Strong America and Wisconsin Manufacturers and Commerce — also have spent millions to support the candidacies of Justices David Prosser, Pat Roggensack, Annette Ziegler and Michael Gableman over the past seven years.
In addition, WMC wrote the controversial recusal rules under which the justices and other Wisconsin judges decide whether to sit on a case. Those rules, adopted by a bitterly divided court on a 4-3 vote, state that judges cannot be forced off cases based solely on their acceptance of legal campaign contributions or independent efforts done on their behalf.
You read that right; a lobbying group wrote conflict of interest rules for the Wisconsin Supreme Court, which their bought-and-paid-for conservative judges dutifully passed. That’s how corrupted by big money donors that conservative majority has become.
So now the judges can rule on an investigation of the same corporate and political special interests that got them elected in the first place. Never mind their glaringly obvious conflict of interest — the concept of conflict of interest no longer exists for the Wisconsin Supreme Court.
And that could easily make Club for Growth, Citizens for a Strong America, and WMC above the law, by virtue of owning the votes of the majority of the court.
Judge Rudolph T. Randa once held that a Catholic archdiocese could engage in accounting tricks to keep from having to compensate victims of priestly sex abuse. Now he’s protecting Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker (R).
Surprise! The judge that rendered an activist ruling halting Walker’s corruption probe has a history of sucking at being a judge.
An overwhelming majority of voters would support sweeping reforms to the Supreme Court, as trust and confidence in the institution has eroded in recent years,according to a new survey by the Democratic-aligned firm Greenberg Quinlan Rosner.
Wide majorities disagree with the recent 5-4 party-line rulings that have upended a century of campaign finance law and tilted the rules in favor of the extremely wealthy and major corporations. The landmark Citizens United ruling was opposed by a whopping 80-18 margin. The more recent McCutcheon decision, which lifted caps on total giving, was said by a 51 percent majority to be likely to create more corruption, while 8 percent suggested it would lead to less.
By a 60-36 spread, those surveyed said that Supreme Court justices were more likely to be carrying out a personal or political agenda than working to render a fair and impartial judgment, an opinion that cut across party lines. John Roberts swore before Congress during his confirmation hearings that he had great respect for precedent. But once confirmed as chief justice, he embarked on a remarkable run of conservative judicial activism that has favored the wealthy while undermining affirmative action and protection for voting rights.
People are paying attention to the string of pro-corruption rulings coming out of SCOTUS. Will we see dem candidates start running against the Supreme Court in the same way that Republicans run against “Washington insiders”?
It might not be a bad approach, given these numbers.
An assistant to the federal judge who ordered a halt to the state’s secret investigation into possible illegal campaign coordination between Gov. Scott Walker’s campaign and conservative groups is married to a lawyer for Walker’s campaign — which could be grounds for a judge to step down from a case
I’m telling you, the Wisconsin Republican Party is just one big, happy family — a crooked family, like the Corleones.
The boxes landed in the office of Montana investigators in March 2011.
Found in a meth house in Colorado, they were somewhat of a mystery, holding files on 23 conservative candidates in state races in Montana. They were filled with candidate surveys and mailers that said they…
A fun visual representation of how unbelievably pointless and wasteful Florida’s drug testing law is. Not pictured: the fact that that $178 million dollars went to a company owned by the governor’s wife.
The Republican governor’s wife.
No shit?!? I guess they don’t even try to hide the absolutely corrupt conflict of interest in Florida…