Tuesday, November 20, 2007

Panel member expresses sympathy for Ziegler

A member of the Judicial Review Panel handling the discipline case against Supreme Court Justice Annette Ziegler expressed sympathy for her during a hearing Monday in West Bend.

Judge Ralph Adam Fine said repeating the same mistake multiple times doesn't translate to multiple mistakes until after the wrong doing is pointed out.

The panel didn't issue its recommendation on what discipline - if any - Ziegler should face for dealing with 11 cases while a Washington County judge involving a West Bend bank for which her husband served on the board of directors.

Ziegler's attorney James Troupis pointed out that immediately after Ziegler was aware of the conflict of interest, she apologized and refused to accept any cases dealing with West Bend Savings Bank.

James Alexander, executive director of the Wisconsin Judicial Commission, called Ziegler's conflict of interest an "extremely serious matter" that clearly violated the code of judicial conduct.

"There is no excuse for her not following it," he said.

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