Roggensack Performs First Ceremony As Chief Justice

Wisconsin Chief Justice Pat Roggensack presided over her first official ceremony in her new position on Monday. The Star Tribune reports the ceremony, a swearing in of recent law school graduates, was scheduled to be officiated by Justice Shirley Abrahamson, who was chief justice until a ballot initiative in April altered chief justice selection. Justices […]

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At Least For Now, Roggensack Remains WI Chief Justice

At a hearing on Friday, U.S. District Judge James Peterson declined again to block Chief Justice Pat Roggensack of the Wisconsin Supreme Court from holding that title while Justice Shirley Abrahamson pursues litigation claiming title to the top job. Judge Peterson said Justice Abrahamson’s lawyer had the “tougher argument” in the lawsuit, according to the Milwaukee Journal […]

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Incumbent Justice Roggensack Defeats Challenger Fallone in Wisconsin

Incumbent Justice Patience Roggensack of the Wisconsin Supreme Court defeated challenger Ed Fallone, a Marquette University law professor, by 57 percent to 43 percent with 93 percent of precincts reporting, the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reported. Justice Roggensack emphasized her 17 years of experience as a judge, while Fallone focused on what he called dysfunction of […]

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Abrahamson Ends Legal Effort to Get Back Chief Justice Post

Former Wisconsin Supreme Court Chief Justice Shirley Abrahamson is ending her legal effort to regain her old job, the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reported. She continues to serve on the court. Abrahamson unsuccessfully requested a restraining order and injunction after being voted out of her chair by the court’s four conservative justices. They selected Justice Patience Roggensack […]

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Judge Dismisses Lawsuit by Former Chief Justice Abrahamson

U.S. District Court Judge James Peterson has dismissed a lawsuit by former Wisconsin Chief Justice Shirley Abrahamson, contending that she cannot be removed from the role of chief justice at midterm, following voter approval this year of a constitutional amendment that allows members of the Supreme Court to choose the chief. “Unless its actions are plainly unconstitutional, […]

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