Wednesday, March 26, 2008

Butler v. Gableman 2008

I haven't touched much (if at all?) on the subject of the current race for Wisconsin Supreme Court Justice, mostly because 1) it has been far more fascinating to watch all the other blogs go at it and 2) I'm pretty ill-informed in comparison to certain of those bloggers. Still, after reading so much about the whole clambake, I decided it might be fun (or completely masochistic) to write an overview of the candidates and the race for

That article is now posted, and I'd love for you to go take a look at it. Let me know if I fudged anything too badly. Most importantly, vote on April 1st!

1 comment:

illusory tenant said...

"There has also been much bickering back and forth over exactly how many criminal convictions Butler upheld during his time on the bench ..."

I like that word, "bickering." There has been bickering, it's true. But the larger question is anything but petty, since Gableman has made the question pretty much the centerpiece of his campaign.

It's unfortunate that the analysis that leads to any meaningful conclusion is both complex and subtle.

But, and here's the main thing, the figures that are emanating from several of Gableman's supporters have never even been close to adequately supported.

And, I just noticed, one of those supporters, in an attempt to classify Supreme Court opinions as either "pro-criminal" or otherwise, actually describes Justice Butler's involvement with a certain decision of the court as "siding with criminal's interest."

The "criminal," in that case, is a physically and mentally disabled woman and the circumstances of the case are both horrific and tragic.

It's the very case I discuss at the top of this post here.

It takes a rather conspicuous degree of callousness to describe this particular individual as a "criminal," especially since the conviction that resulted from her guilty plea was reversed, because she was deemed to not have understood what she was pleading guilty to in the first place.

It turns out that she may very well have been the one who was sexually assaulted.

Furthermore, the description is about as blinding a beacon of allegedly "journalistic" bias against I've come across in some time.

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