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Supreme Court justices tend to favor attorney donors

Abrahamson is top recipient; justices remain involved in 98 percent of cases involving attorney donors

5:32 PM, Oct. 20, 2013
Justice Patrick Crooks said he would like the Legislature to create an objective standard forcing recusal whenever a reasonable person might perceive a problem. 'Wisconsin is out of step with other states and with the feds in regard to our standard,' he said.
Justice Patrick Crooks said he would like the Legislature to create an objective standard forcing recusal whenever a reasonable person might perceive a problem. 'Wisconsin is out of step with other states and with the feds in regard to our standard,' he said.
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In January 2009, Milwaukee-area attorney Mark Thomsen donated $5,000 to a Wisconsin official's political campaign. Thomsen soon sent an additional $500 just eight days before the official cast a key vote on an insurance issue that greatly affected Thomsen and his clients.

The public official's vote was not in the state Assembly, or the state Senate. It was in the state's highest court.

When the Wisconsin Supreme Court decision came down in Thomsen's favor, the majority included the recipient of Thomsen's money: Chief Justice Shirley Abrahamson. ...

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