State Supreme Court Justices continue to act with little regard for public’s trust

State Supreme Court Justices continue to act with little regard for public’s trust

The notion of justice being blind is rooted in values of fairness and equality.

But justice, or more accurately Justices, should never be blind to appearances of impropriety or improper influence.

A five-Justice majority of the Wisconsin Supreme Court continues to display a stunning disregard for public perception that it can be influenced.

The five Justices last week rejected a petition that it set rules for when to recuse themselves from cases involving donors to their campaigns. What makes the decision even more egregious is the petition was filed by 54 retired judges worried about the impact failure to recuse has on how the public views the justice system.

Hiding behind questionable politically-driven decisions that money is speech, the Justices basically said they don’t care what it looks like. Oh, and they rejected the petition after refusing to hold a public hearing on it.

It’s discouraging to watch our highest elected administrators of justice act with so little regard for the public’s trust.

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