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Tuesday - March 28, 2017 8:58 am

More alleged violations on Wisconsin Supreme Court

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Technically, seats on the Wisconsin Supreme Court are non-partisan. Those running for office don't declare themselves either republican or democrat. Of course, in reality, we know that our high court justices are partisan. Some get most of their campaign cash from conservative groups, while others get their funding from liberal groups. But when it comes to whether they behave politically, that is something that the Wisconsin Judicial Commission is in charge of finding out. The Commission has just been handed a complaint targeting conservative Supreme Court Justice Michael Gableman for his involvement in a political fundraiser. Gableman was listed as a speaker at a Lincoln Day Dinner in Rice Lake, where conservatives gathered to raise money for like-minded candidates. That is a no-no. The Wisconsin Judicial Code prohibits a judge from participating in political party promotions and from using the prestige of judicial office for fundraising. Gableman ultimately didn't attend the event, but his name and face was on the flyer inviting people to open their wallets to advance their political cause. Justices and others complain about a lack of judicial integrity in Wisconsin. Perhaps if they stopped demonstrating a lack of integrity, such complaints would stop as well.

Scott Robert Shaw

Scott Robert Shaw is the Program Director for both 1410 WIZM and 580 WKTY.   He's currently the morning news anchor on 1410 WIZM, Z93 and 95-7 The Rock.  He joined Mid-West Family Broadcasting as a reporter/anchor in 1989 and served as News Director from 1990-2015.   He's been the winner of several Wisconsin Broadcaster's Association awards for Best Editorial in Wisconsin.  He enjoys traveling, bicycling and cooking.

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