Wisconsin case should’ve had different judge

May 31, 2011 @

A legal expert who has been watching the court battle over Wisconsin’s collective bargaining law says it was not only wrong for the judge to void the measure, but she should have recused herself from the case.

Hans von Spakovsky, senior legal fellow at The Heritage Foundation, thinks Judge Maryann Sumi should have withdrawn herself because her son was an organizer for one of the big unions in Wisconsin that protested the legislation backed by Governor Scott Walker and other Republican lawmakers.

“Even worse, the day before she issued her decision, she actually hired lawyers who filed a brief on her behalf in this very same case, which is being considered by the Supreme Court of Wisconsin,” he explains. “I have never heard of a judge hiring lawyers to file a brief [to make] arguments in a case.”

Judge Sumi ruled against the law last week, saying Republicans violated Wisconsin’s open meetings law — but Spakovsky disagrees.

“If you read her opinion, she ignores the fact that there is a specific exemption for the kind of bill that was passed,” he notes. “She basically said that they didn’t give a 24-hour notice of a legislative meeting. But the meeting was for a conference committee, and the Senate actually has a rule that says that there doesn’t have to be any notice of proceedings for a conference committee.”

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