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The Majority Doesn’t Rule in Shirley’s Court

Wow.

This takes stones.

A proposal by the Wisconsin Supreme Court chief justice has drawn a distrustful response from at least one colleague.

Chief Justice Shirley Abrahamson proposed Wednesday that four justices not be considered a quorum unless their meeting were previously listed on the court calendar.

She says she wants to avoid a hypothetical situation in which four justices reach some sort of decision on their own and then insist that the chief justice implement it.

Justice Annette Ziegler said she didn’t understand where the proposal was coming from. Abrahamson replied that she just didn’t want any misunderstandings going forward and that the justices should judge the proposal on its merits.

Justice Patience Roggensack said she felt “blindsided.” She said she knew Abrahamson was hiding something.

The proposal was tabled without a vote.

When was the last time it was publicly there were four justices reaching ‘some sort of decision on their own and insisting the chief justice implement it?’

Maybe it was in June, when the four conservatives on the court went looking for Chief Justice Abrahamson to make sure the ruling on the collective bargaining bill got published on time.  They found her sitting in Justice Walsh-Bradley’s chambers, or so the story goes..

Something happened then.  I’m not exactly sure, but I’m sure it was in all the papers.

So…if we’re supposed to judge the proposal on its merits as the chief justice insists, I’m going to see it as a power grab by Shirley.   Who clearly is again making it known in only the subtle ways she’s known for, that she again hates being in the court’s minority.

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  • I believe the operative phrase is “by any means necessary.”  There has to be a better way than the “I’ve been here longest” horeshit way of choosing a chief justice.