The Commoner Call (4/24/17)
“To break free of the incantations, we must loosen the hold that our televisions and phones have over us. Get the screens out of your room and surround yourself with books. The characters in Orwell’s and Bradbury’s books could not do this — but we still can. Make eye contact and small talk with strangers, it is part of being a citizen. Defend American institutions and civil society groups by joining them, advocating for them or even supporting them financially.” — Timothy Snyder, On Tyranny—Twenty Lessons From The Twentieth Century
Wisconsin Supreme Court Tosses Out Judicial Recusal Petition
By Katelyn Ferrel
Cap Times (4/20/17)
The Wisconsin Supreme Court threw out a proposal to create formal recusal rules for judges and justices in the state.
The court voted 5-2 Thursday, with Justice Shirley Abrahamson and Justice Ann Walsh Bradley opposed, to dismiss and deny a request to create specific rules for when a judge or justice should be removed from a case because they received campaign donations from a group or individual with a case before the court.
The vote fell along ideological lines, with the court’s conservative-leaning majority voting to throw the petition out and the liberal-leaning wing voting to hold a public hearing on it, or adopt it immediately.
It proposed specific contribution thresholds for when a judge or justice would have to recuse himself or herself from a case. Supreme Court justices would have been required to remove themselves if they received $10,000 from a group or individual with a case in front of the court. The amount for a Court of Appeals judge to recuse would have been for a contribution of $2,500; the limit would have been $1,000 for a circuit court judge and $500 for a municipal court judge. …
(Commoner Call cartoon by Mark L. Taylor, 2017. Open source and free to use with link to www.thecommonercall.org )