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Letter: Fallone to balance a political court

4:51 PM, Mar. 19, 2013  |  Comments
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When I walk into the voting booth on April 2, I'll vote for Ed Fallone for Supreme Court Justice instead of incumbent, Patience Roggensack. Here's why.

Ed Fallone says it best: "The increased politicization of the court and the court's dysfunction exemplified by its inability to credibly handle allegations of inappropriate behavior by Justice Prosser are clearly damaging the court's ability to deliver justice and serve the people of this state. The only way to fix it is to change the personalities on the bench. I'm not beholden to any political party or faction on the court or any special interest group. The people of Wisconsin expect, and deserve, judges who respect the importance of an independent judiciary and who are impartial and fair. That's the kind of Justice I will be."

Perhaps you'll recall the election of David Prosser two years ago. Prosser's temper is legend and his bachelor's condescension for women obvious. He's called Chief Justice, Shirley Abraham a "bitch," and has said he'll "destroy her." More recently, Justice Prosser assaulted Justice Ann Bradley by grabbing her neck as Justice Roggensack stood idly by (two months before, Justice Bradley had the locks on her door changed and security increased because of Justice Prosser's emotional outbreaks).

If that wasn't enough, Justice Roggensack has failed to support the prosecution of Justice Prosser, reflecting her bias of Republican ideology over the rule of law. She "hangs" with a group of four conservative Justices who are "rubber stamps" for the Scott Walker agenda. We need Ed Fallone to bring balance to the political system in Wisconsin. As it stands now, Republicans maintain control of all branches of government, an unhealthy situation.

I'm going with Ed Fallone. He's a well-respected law professor at Marquette University who has also demonstrated a true passion for others outside the classroom. He donates his legal services to Inner City youth and has won the President's Award from Community Shares of Greater Milwaukee. He's been endorsed by Russ Feingold, Dave Obey and Ron Kind, and deserves our vote for Supreme Court on April 2.

Jan Konkol

Amherst

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