August 21, 2011

Republicans running Wisconsin just like a business

Never mind the "no-bid," here's the "blank check":
[James Troupis's $26,955] contract was not drafted or signed until after the work had been performed, State records show.

N.B. An attentive reader reminds us that a former conservative colleague of Justice David Prosser's on the Wisconsin Supreme Court, Jon P. Wilcox, is of counsel at James Troupis's law firm. Justices Wilcox and Prosser were enthusiastic supporters of the risk contribution theory much excoriated by Wisconsin Manufacturers & Commerce, even though WMC strangely never mentioned that the two justices were so inclined.

WMC carefully avoided quoting those portions of Justice Wilcox's dissent.

That's straight-up dishonesty, but it's what we've come to expect.


Anonymous said...

Who knew legal work that is arguably in the vein of public interest work could also be so well compensated? But then suggesting there's any motivation to practice law beyond the pure profit would be contrary to pure capitalism. After all, that stuff they tell you in law school about doing the right thing and not diminishing the profession and the public's perception didn't say don't go to the bank while doing it.

illusory tenant said...

Troupis's protestations that he wasn't compensated for working on Prosser's election campaign are empty. His representation would be no less effective nor zealous simply because he was working pro bono.

And in any event, the money went to his firm.

Anonymous said...

The firm consists of 2 attorneys, and they are both named Troupis. Presumably after the costs of support staff and overhead are covered--including former J.Wilcox's share-so presuming the fees earned don't go to anyone who is of counsel or to Attorney Jim Troupis directly, the only other attorney is his daughter Sarah Troupis, who may be a very good attorney, but she's not the registered agent and wouldn't likely be calling the shots. They can disclose their firm's arrangments on profit sharing and then maybe that could be believed. Unless they have to draft that verbal arrangement yet aas well.

illusory tenant said...

In fact our friend Prof. Rick Esenberg was in on the $27K escapade as well (he filed the lawsuit in Oconto County on behalf of the GOP chair that got the "carried ... feet first"/arrest-your-political-opponents ball rolling). Esenberg said he wasn't paid either.