MADISON (WSAU) The Wisconsin Supreme Court election is 27 days away – and today, the two candidates will appear together at a meeting of the Madison Rotary Club. Incumbent Pat Roggensack and Marquette law professor Ed Fallone survived a primary contest last month. Roggensack is running on her experience of almost two decades as a judge – including her one 10-year Supreme Court term. Fallone says the current court is dysfunctional, and he wants to bring more civility.
Meanwhile, the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel has obtained a letter-of-apology that Roggensack wanted all the justices to sign and release last fall, but they didn’t. Her proposed letter was meant for the court as a whole to apologize to Wisconsinites, for the 2011 physical altercation between Justices David Prosser and Ann Walsh Bradley. The letter called the incident “inappropriate” and said the court would not repeat what she called “extraordinary conduct.” It did not recommend sanctions against anyone.
Roggensack said the letter would have improved the public’s confidence in the state’s highest court. But Chief Justice Shirley Abrahamson issued a critical response, calling the letter “instantly divisive.”