The mask comes off
April 27, 2011
April 27, 2011
By stalling the final result of a statewide recount in the recent Supreme Court race, what the Liberal Left is really fishing for is a Supreme Court deadlocked 3-3 over legal challenges to changes in collective bargaining, with Justice Prosser playing no role.
The effect would be that the lower court’s decision stands, the transparently partisan District IV Court of Appeals having already ducked issuing a proper ruling by declining to hear the case.
Within the Supreme Court itself, there’s ample opportunity for the liberal wing to delay. It’s true that any four justices can petition to hear a case and the case would then be heard. But first, four Justices have to be willing to take that step. And once they’ve petitioned, it’s up to Liberal Chief Justice Shirley Abrahamson to schedule the case and her scheduling cannot be appealed.
Last week, former Dane County Executive Jonathan Barry said Circuit Judge Maryann Sumi’s presumption of authority to block the legislation is “so egregiously wrong on the face of it that one has to conclude it’s political.”
A prominent member of the Assembly in the 1980’s, when Wisconsin’s Open Meetings Law was revised, Barry noted there has been no violation because the Legislature created the exemptions that allow it to operate precisely as it did last month.
For the handful of people who believed JoAnne Kloppenburg actually intended to deliver impartial judgment, the mask is off once and for all.