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.It's always kind of bugged me that Justice Prosser viewed recusal motions — which are sheafs of paper filed with the court that maybe 50 people in the entire State of Wisconsin read — seeking Gableman's standing aside from certain cases as "savagery," whereas Gableman's notorious 2008 television ad attacking former Justice Louis Butler, which truly was savagery, was merely "distasteful" to Justice Prosser.
Distasteful: like a William Rehnquist shirt & tie combo.
At a candidate forum recently, Prosser said people need to "get over" the Gableman debacle. Given that Gableman subsequently through his agent defamed every attorney in the State who ever handled a criminal defense case,* I don't think that's going to happen, ever.
And I fail to understand how Prosser can demand that his opponent, JoAnne Kloppenburg, condemn a third-party's ad attacking him, while his own public reaction to Gableman's unethical behavior has been decidedly lukewarm and defensive. That's a tad double standard-ish.
* And offended all the others who respect the rule of law, including Justice N. Patrick Crooks, who was moved by Gableman's lawyer's relentless calumny to reconsider his position on the recusal motion.
That was among the worst lawyering this observer has ever seen.