MADISON, Wis. — Wisconsin Supreme Court justices moved quickly Wednesday to elect a new chief following certification of a constitutional amendment that ended seniority as the sole determinant, even as a federal lawsuit was pending seeking to delay replacing longtime Chief Justice Shirley Abrahamson.
Abrahamson objected to the email vote making Justice Patience Roggensack the chief justice, and Abrahamson continues to believe she still holds the position, her attorney Robert Peck said in a letter filed with U.S. District Court late Wednesday.
Four justices voted via email to replace Abrahamson with Roggensack as chief justice, Peck said. Roggensack accepted the position, even though Abrahamson and Justices Ann Walsh Bradley and Patrick Crooks objected, Peck said in the letter.
I think Roggensack is the right choice for the job.
Abrahamson, while I respect the fact that she’s been a justice for 40+ years, is not someone that I’m fond of because of her demeanor. While I was no Butler fan, I still have a bad taste in my mouth from Gableman.
Don’t get me started on Annette Ziegler. Prosser/Bradley clearly would have issues in the top spot. I really have no opinion of Crooks.
If I had a vote, this is how I would rank the justices for this position
2. Crooks (largely because he seems like a centrist, i know nothing about him, and the five below him all have some level of negative)
4. Abrahamson (out of respect for the 40 years she’s been on the SC)