Monday, April 23, 2007

Judicial Commission approves Ziegler investigation

The Wisconsin Judicial Commission has authorized an investigation of allegations against Supreme Court Justice-elect Annette Ziegler, her attorney said in a statement Friday afternoon.

The commission met to discuss a request from the Wisconsin Democracy Campaign to investigate whether Ziegler violated judicial codes by hearing cases in her Washington County court room involving a bank of which her husband was a director. The commission would prosecute any investigation, and the matter would ultimately go to the Supreme Court, which has the authority to reprimand, censure, suspend or remove a judge.

"We are confident the Judicial Commission's review will find that Judge Ziegler and her family did not benefit from any case she handled," Ziegler attorney Dan Hildebrand said in a statement. "We are also confident the Judicial Commission will find that Judge Ziegler did not demonstrate bias toward any party and that her decisions were legally sound."

See the Hildebrand statement:
http://www.wispolitics.com/1006/_070420_Hildebrand_Statement.pdf

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