Gavel Grab

‘More Pressure’ Now on WI Justices: JAS Quoted in New York Times

Wisconsin_flag_mapVoters in bitterly divided Wisconsin re-elected Supreme Court Justice Ann Walsh Bradley, seen as a liberal, while also approving a constitutional change likely to bring the replacement of a liberal Chief Justice with a conservative, the New York Times reported while quoting Justice at Stake.

“I think today represents the latest step in trying to make this court more accountable to politics and less accountable to law,” said Bert Brandenburg, Justice at Stake executive director. “No matter what party you’re from, as a Supreme Court justice, you’re feeling more pressure, and you have to look over your shoulder more and more.”

With all but two percent of the vote counted, Justice Bradley had 58 percent compared to 42 percent for Judge Daley, according to the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. Each had accused the other during the campaign of political partisanship.

With all but three percent of the vote counted, Question 1, the proposed constitutional amendment, received 53 percent “yes” votes and 47 percent “no” votes, according to the Journal Sentinel. The constitutional amendment was drafted to allow the court’s justices to choose the Chief Justice, rather than conferring the job on the most senior justice. Critics say it was  aimed at demoting longtime Chief Justice Shirley Abrahamson, while proponents contended it would enhance democracy.

Justice at Stake tracked TV ad spending leading up to Election Day, and it was cited in late-hour media reports from the Wisconsin State Journal and The Nation. Other recent coverage included the Associated Press, “Bradley eases past Daley to win 3rd term on Wisconsin Supreme Court.”


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