LETTER: Restructure system of selecting our judgesMy mother used to say too much anything is not good. As much as I love politics, I must admit that there is just too much politics in our judicial elections. And, that is not a good thing.
To The Telegram:
My mother used to say too much anything is not good. As much as I love politics, I must admit that there is just too much politics in our judicial elections. And, that is not a good thing.
Take the current Supreme Court race. Justice Butler, who before he came to the Supreme Court had a distinguished career as a municipal judge and circuit judge in Milwaukee County, is now attacked by well-funded and shadowy right-wing organizations as somehow out of the main stream. Never mind that according to the Wisconsin Law Journal he has voted 83 percent of the time with the majority on the Supreme Court. Never mind also that he has the support of elected officials like Sens. Feingold, Kohl and Rep. Obey.
The long-term solution is to just take the money and special interests out of judicial elections. In the meantime, we should retain Justice Butler on the state's high court. He is a man who worked his way out of the projects of Chicago through prestigious Lawrence University and UW Law School. As the first African-American to serve on Wisconsin’s Supreme Court, it would be a shame to lose him in yet another extreme right-wing attack on the judiciary.
— Daniel D. Hannula,