WISN 12 conducted an interview with Chief Justice Patience Roggensack, who was newly elected to the position by her peers about two weeks ago, to shed light on the legal battle currently being waged by former Chief Justice Shirley Abrahamson.
Roggensack said that claims that the court is in turmoil “don’t represent the facts,” and that the court is running in a “very regular fashion.” She explained that she met with each member of the court’s management staff where she asked for their “assistance, their support and advice,” which they have readily provided. Opinions are even going out at a faster rate than they did last year, she says, and she plans to restore public confidence in the court.
In response to claims made by Justice Abrahamson that the new Chief is power-hungry, Roggensack said that she is only asserting the power she possesses, including having her name on the website, on the bench, and on the opinions with the title. As Chief, she also has the right to request any office she wants, but says she has not requested that Abrahamson give up hers.
Finally, she reports that she has no qualms with being elected through email, because it was the most orderly way to hold the election while Abrahamson is suing the court. For background, see Gavel Grab.