Commentary: Is WI Chief Justice Off to a Not-so-Great Start?

Not long ago, a Milwaukee Journal Sentinel columnist wrote that he had no doubt in newly named Chief Justice Pat Roggensack’s “ability to run a fair and open court.” Now, he says she’s “not off to a great start” and tensions on the fractured court “don’t appear to be easing much.” 

Ernst-Ulrich Franzen writes that Chief Justice Roggensack “apparently ignored court rules on meetings, as well as at least some other justices” in hiring recently a temporary administrator for the court (see Gavel Grab). He also questions whether she is working to build openness on the court, which has seen renewed feuding lately. Chief Justice Roggensack’s ascent came after voters approved a Republican-led ballot measure to change the way the high court’s top leader is selected, and Justice Shirley Abrahamson has gone to court to challenge her own removal from that post.

At the Wisconsin Rapids Tribune, Marlin Schneider has a commentary entitled, “Chief justice amendment a right-wing attack on Wisconsin.”