ATTORNEY GENERAL J-B VAN HOLLEN WILL LEAVE OFFICE
IN JUST TWO WEEKS.
-- MICHELLE --
HE SAT DOWN WITH POLITICAL REPORTER JESSICA ARP...
AND WE FIND OUT WHETHER HE'LL RUN FOR SUPREME COURT.
AND THE FUTURE OF CASES STILL BEING HANDLED IN HIS
how are you feeling about leaving now :22
i feel good about it, ive spent 22 years in public
service now, certainly a careers worth for anybody
COMING TO THE END OF EIGHT YEARS IN OFFICE...
ATTORNEY GENERAL J-B VAN HOLLEN SAYS YOU WON'T SEE
HIS NAME ON THE TICKET IN A SUPREME COURT RACE THIS
you wont see me in that race, this is an opportunity
for me to get out of the public eye and political
life for a little while at least :49
HE WON'T COUNT OUT RUNNING FOR OFFICE AGAIN AT SOME
ALTHOUGH HE WON'T SAY FOR WHAT.
BUT VAN HOLLEN SAYS HE WAS ABLE TO ACCOMPLISH A MAIN
TENET OF THE PLATFORM HE ORIGINALLY RAN ON.
one was to restore integrity to the rule of law, to
have a dept of justice who was a lawfirm who would
defend the laws of the state of wi and give good objective
legal advice despite the public policy or politics
behind it :15
did you expect you were going to have to defend so
many laws :07
the last four years was certainly a surprise :11
people certainly have the right to have their day
inc court, but i found certainly a different approach
to fighting against public policy changes during the
second term than i did during the first term and it
did surprise me a little bit :51 but it was something
we were willing to tackle :54
AND TACKLE THEY DID...
HIS OFFICE ARGUING CASES BEFORE STATE AND FEDERAL
COURTS ON ACT 10, SAME SEX MARRIAGE AND VOTER I-D.
voter id was difficult to defend, ultimatley we have
prevailed on every front :56 and even though theres
still, maybe you wuold call a hanging chad out there
at the federal level i think most anybody would tell
you that that case is done, voter id is here to stay
what do you think that final chapter is going to be
on voter id i mean it sort of sits with the supreme
court, they made the call that they made in october
and its unclear essentially what they may do next
i think they're going to do one of two things, i think
based up on things they have done and the rulings
at the 7th circuit court of appeals, i think its clear
they are either going to decline to take the case
at all because they agree with what the 7th circuit
did or if they want to tweak it at all they take it
and confirm what the 7th circuit court of appeals
did :47 i would be astounded if they overruled voter
REPUBLICAN DISTRICT ATTORNEY FROM WAUKESHA BRAD SCHIMEL
WILL TAKE THE OATH OF OFFICE FOR A-G IN JANUARY...
VAN HOLLEN SAYS SCHIMEL'S BIGGEST CHALLENGES WILL
BE CONTINUING TO KEEP UP WITH WORK AT THE STATE CRIME
AND TACKLING THE STATE'S HEROIN EPIDEMIC.
VAN HOLLEN SAYS HE PLANS TO FIND WORK IN THE PRIVATE