The Allen motion ... has been followed by nine additional recusal motions against members of this court [seven of which are "against" Gableman]. The Wisconsin State Public Defender's office has invited the entire defense bar to file recusal motions against [Gableman] in criminal cases. The number and savagery of these motions is unprecedented and amounts to a frontal assault on the court. The court should have denied Allen's motion quickly, without comment. This would have avoided exposing controversy within the court.Or, alternatively, Gableman should have anticipated the controversy that he engendered by engaging in scurrilous political subterfuge.
Savagery, indeed. Sorry, but it's mighty hard to sympathize.
That the court today divided 3-3 on Allen's motion to disqualify Gableman (who did not participate*) means the motion is neither granted nor denied.** Notably, Justice Patrick Crooks wrote separately to indicate that he was fully prepared to deny Allen's motion, thus providing a fourth and decisive vote in that direction, had it not been for Atty. James Bopp's shenanigans as Gableman's defense lawyer during and after Gableman's hearing on ethics charges in September.
So beware those nasty unintended consequences. Heckuva job, etc.
* Which may seem obvious, but according to the lead opinion, Gableman was undecided for some time over whether to participate on the more impersonal question of whether the court, as an institution, had the authority to overrule an individual judge of that court's own decision not to disqualify himself from a case.
** Rather, the motion is "not granted." Furthermore, as Chief Justice Shirley Abrahamson put it: "As a practical matter, Justices Prosser, Roggensack, and Ziegler are implicitly telling all litigants in Wisconsin that they need to go to the federal courts to seek relief from a Wisconsin justice who they believe is biased."
Perhaps that's another clue as to the meaning of "Federalist Society."
Earlier: Bopp's demagoguing was completely unnecessary.