By Tim Kowols
Judicial recusal rules are taking center stage at a public hearing in Green Bay on Monday. The Wisconsin State Supreme Court voted 5-2 earlier this year to not establish new rules for judges to recuse themselves from cases involving possible contributors to their campaigns. The high court chose to not host a public hearing on the issue despite being urged to do so by 54 retired jurists. With a state Supreme Court election coming up in April, Jay Heck from Common Cause in Wisconsin says the three-city public hearing schedule featuring himself, former state Supreme Court Justice Janine Geske and former Manitowoc County Circuit Court Judge Patrick Willis is coming at the right time for a relatively unknown issue.
The free event takes place at the Christie Theater at UW-Green Bay beginning at 6 p.m. During her visit to the radio stations of DoorCountyDailyNews.com, state Supreme Court candidate and current Milwaukee County Circuit Court Judge Rebecca Dallet says she is in favor of strong judicial recusal rules. She is currently on the ballot with Madison attorney Tim Burns and Sauk County Circuit Court Judge Michael Screnock.