By Tim Kowols
The influx of money going into elections ranging from federal to local races have some calling for judicial recusal standards for the Wisconsin courts. According to the Wisconsin State Journal, the Wisconsin Supreme Court voted last month to postpone an open meeting to discuss if judges should recuse themselves from a case if one of the parties had made large campaign donations to them. Setting a limit of $500 for municipal judges to $10,000 for state Supreme Court justices, Jay Heck from Common Cause Wisconsin says it is a reasonable amount to ensure an unbiased judgment.
In January, 54 retired judges asked the Wisconsin Supreme Court to establish the judicial recusal rule according to the State Bar of Wisconsin. About one month later during his budget address, Governor Scott Walker announced his intention to move the state’s Judicial Commission, which investigates ethics complaints within the system, to the control of the Wisconsin Supreme Court.