The corrupt Republican Party bloc on the Wisconsin Supreme Court—Chief Justice Patience D.Roggensack, Justice David T. Prosser, Jr, Justice Annette Kingsland Ziegler and Justice Michael J. Gableman—removed any doubt the Wisconsin Supreme Court is simply an extension of the Republican Party this week.
Wisconsin's top appellate court has become a lawless institution, unconstrained by ethics and acting to protect Wisconsin's most corrupt governor and political machine in the state's history.
The text of an unsigned [per curiam] opinion (and Justice Shirley S. Abrahamson's dissent and opinion) is linked ahead: John Doe Proceeding State of Wisconsin ex rel. Three Unnamed Petitioners, Petitioner, v. the Honorable Gregory A. Peterson, John Doe Judge, the Honorable Gregory Potter, Chief Judge and Francis D. Schmitz, as Special Prosecutor, Respondents.
Brendan Fischer has a keen analysis at PRWatch.
On Wednesday, the Wisconsin Supreme Court's majority contorted itself to find a new way to protect both Scott Walker and the Court's biggest supporters--not to mention itself--following its decision in July rewriting the state's limits on money in politics and ending the 'John Doe' investigation into Walker's campaign coordinating with dark money groups.
Wednesday's ruling was supposed to be a straightforward decision on a motion to reconsider, in light of additional evidence that Walker and his allies had violated the campaign finance laws that the Court upheld in July.
The Court denied that motion, but then (in a lengthy unsigned [per curiam] opinion) went further, rewriting its July decision to fire the Republican Special Prosecutor who had led the investigation, Francis Schmitz, making it harder for him to challenge the justices' conflicts-of-interest by appealing the case to the U.S. Supreme Court. [per curiam pp. 1-29]
In a different era, such a decision would bring bipartisan outrage. Today, the Republicans and Scott Walker's corruption is blatant, openly displayed as temporary political power has gone to the heads of the mediocrities holding it.
Writes Justice Shirley S. Abrahamson in dissent: "In terminating the authority of the Special Prosecutor, the per curiam unfairly leaves the prosecution and the State unrepresented from this date forward and deprives the Special Prosecutor, prosecutors, and law enforcement of the opportunity to preserve materials from destruction," (p. 47).
The Wisconsin law enforcement officials who routinely back Court and other political candidates during campaign season in an unsavory practice will not object to the Court's naked overreach decimating the public integrity check by Wisconsin Constitutional law enforcement officers.
Of note, to call out Roggensack-Prosser Jr.-Kingsland Ziegler-Gableman bloc as corrupt would be an ethical breach for a Wisconsin attorney, violative of (Wisconsin Supreme Court Rule) SCR 20:8.2 Judicial and legal officials.
Nothing in Wisconsin, no institution, no agency, no commission is safe from the corrupt and power-mad Republican Party of Wisconsin's corruption.
No time for lay officials to be silent.