In this twisted radicalized conservative world we’re living in now, authoritarian rule is the name of the game, and anyone who doesn’t fall in line, is out. So goes the partisan activist conservative Supreme Court. It's a shot across the bow, and a gut check for anyone else who might want to keep their job on the Judicial Commission.
jsonline: Chief Justice Shirley Abrahamson and two colleagues protested a decision by the court's conservative wing to reject the reappointment of the chairman of the Judicial Commission … Abrahamson and Justices Ann Walsh Bradley and N. Patrick Crooks (wrote) that the decision not to reappoint John Dawson - known in the legal community as a conservative - to the agency that handles judicial ethics came "over our objections" … the letter stated "In your case, the court is deviating from its practice."
I’ve written about this before, but it’s no secret to anyone who's been watching, something is terribly wrong deep inside the paranoid mind of David Prosser:
The letter drew an immediate rebuke from Justice David Prosser, who faces an ethics charge through the Judicial Commission. "Well, sure there is friction," Prosser said. "It's because the chief justice basically insisted that John be reappointed. And it's as if we didn't reappoint him, anybody who didn't vote for him was corrupt. And that word was used. It was basically a threat: If we didn't vote for John Dawson, the chief justice was going to expose this to the world."
Milwaukee County Circuit Judge David Hansher, a past chairman of the Judicial Commission, protested the high court's decision. "I find it appalling and unprecedented for the Supreme Court not to reappoint him to the Judicial Commission," said Hansher, who added that he was a supporter on Prosser's campaign committee in the race against JoAnne Kloppenburg last year. "I feel they have no shame."
It's pure retaliation:
Dawson said Friday that he had not seen the letter. Asked if he felt the Prosser case had played a role in the court's decision not to reappoint him, Dawson said he didn't know.
"I hate to think so," he said. "I can't speculate on that. And if I could, I wouldn't."