Bad news for WMC at the Supreme Court

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The U.S. Supreme Court dealt a blow to the partisan, corrupt judiciary system that persists in Wisconsin in a 5-4 ruling that barred judges from presiding over cases in which a major campaign contributor is involved.

”Just as no man is allowed to be a judge in his own cause, similar fears of bias can arise when — without the consent of the other parties — a man chooses the judge in his own cause,” Justice Anthony Kennedy said for the court.

The West Virginia case involved more than $3 million spent by the chief executive of Massey Energy Co. to help elect state Supreme Court Justice Brent Benjamin. At the same time, Massey was appealing a verdict, which now totals $82.7 million with interest, in a dispute with a local coal company. Benjamin refused to step aside from the case, despite repeated requests, and was part of a 3-2 decision to overturn the verdict.

This will be a great disappointment to the WMC. After spending over $2 million to elect Justice Michael Gableman, apparently the return on investment might not be as great as anticipated. But here’s the question: if a group of businesses have spent money to elect a judge, is he then expected to recuse himself if one of those businesses is involved in a case? That could be an argument for another day.

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One Response to “Bad news for WMC at the Supreme Court”

  1. Sam Clegg Says:

    Fascinating to see it was a 5-4 decision. BTW, any word on Gableman’s case with campaign misconduct?

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