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Wisconsin Supreme Court

Jessica McBride (via Althouse) has some scuttlebutt on the machinations by which a trial-lawyer-friendly majority was secured on that once-reasonable panel of jurists:

Wisconsin is unique in that we have TWO Democratic senators on the Senate Judiciary Committee. Both voted for [Bush 7th Circuit appointment Diane] Sykes [formerly a Wisconsin Supreme Court justice] last time. But they did more than that; they actively pushed her for the federal appeals court. And they were liberally quoted lavishing praise on her, saying they couldn't think of a reason to oppose her and citing the fact that she was so highly qualified blah blah blah. The humorous part is that I didn't believe [Sens. Herbert] Kohl and [Russ] Feingold one bit that they think the Conservative Diane Sykes is the best thing since sliced bread. They just wanted Wisconsin Gov. Jim Doyle to get an appointment to the state Supreme Court. He appointed Louis Butler, who has solidified a new liberal majority on the court that is responsible for the decision on medical malpractice, among others.



Rafael Mangual
Project Manager,
Legal Policy

Manhattan Institute


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