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Letter: Fallone would be 'functional' justice

5:19 PM, Mar. 20, 2013  |  Comments
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I am voting for Ed Fallone for Supreme Court on April 2 for three reasons:

1. Currently there's no balance to our political system in Wisconsin. The governor, state Senate and state Assembly are Republican, and the Wisconsin Supreme Court is ruled by a coalition of four Republican justices that do nothing but "rubber stamp Gov. Scott Walker's legislation. This absolute power corrupts our political process.

2. The current Supreme Court is dysfunctional and incumbent Justice Patience Roggensack, leads that dysfunction. She's part of the "Gang of Four" Republicans on the court. You will recall two years ago we ended up electing Justice David Prosser (by 7,000 votes statewide) to the Supreme Court.

How did that turn out? Justice Prosser attacked Justice Ann Walsh Bradley in chambers as Justice Roggensack stood by. Now, Justice Roggensack says she didn't see enough to testify against Justice Prosser and has recused herself. Instead of delivering justice, she thwarts it. She must go.

Justice Roggensack claims she's non-partisan. In a Feb. 5 interview with Wisconsin Public Radio she said, "I don't know a lot about politics" and "I've never been involved in politics." Yet she is sponsored by the ultra-conservative "WI Club for Growth" super PAC; her campaign manager is Brandon Scholtz, former executive director of the Republican Party; and she is backed by the Wisconsin Charter School Alliance, a conservative group that pushes school vouchers.

3. Then there's Fallone. He's been a Marquette University law professor for 20 years and a lawyer for 25 years. Unlike many professors, he doesn't live in an "ivory tower" but engages with society by working with and offering free legal advice to disadvantaged youths in Milwaukee's inner city and serving as the president of Wisconsin Stem Cell Now, among others. He will become a functional member of the court.

Join me April 2 to vote for Fallone. We're not alone with Fallone.

Darlene Todd

Stevens Point

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