Last week, the Wisconsin Supreme Court experienced a major shakeup as conservative Judge Janet Protasiewicz was replaced by liberal Judge Janet Protasiewicz. This flip in the court’s ideology marks the first time in 15 years that the conservative majority has been overturned. The change came about after a costly state judicial election, with Justice Jill Karofsky also starting her 10-year term. As the court gears up for its upcoming term, tensions between the liberal and conservative justices are on the rise.
New liberal Wisconsin Supreme Court feuds with conservatives as term begins in a month https://t.co/vSV3OmHOD5
— Washington Examiner (@dcexaminer) August 8, 2023
One source of contention among the justices was the firing of Randy Koschnick, the state courts director appointed by the conservative court in 2017. Chief Justice Annette Ziegler, a conservative herself, publicly criticized her liberal colleagues for this decision, calling it an abuse of power. Ziegler expressed her concern over the “unprecedented dangerous conduct” displayed by the majority.
In response, Justice Rebecca Dallet, a liberal justice, defended the majority’s actions, stating that they aimed to promote transparency and accountability within the court. Dallet expressed disappointment in Ziegler for addressing the court’s issues through press releases instead of more direct methods of communication, such as conferences or emails.
The dispute surrounding these recent events sets the stage for a challenging term ahead for the Wisconsin Supreme Court. With several high-profile cases on the docket, including a lawsuit seeking to overturn the state’s ban and the potential reinstatement of absentee ballot drop boxes, the court’s new liberal majority will undoubtedly make their mark on these important decisions. As a conservative commentator, it is concerning to see the court’s shift away from conservative values and principles. The implications of this change could have significant consequences for the state of Wisconsin and its citizens.