In the nearly 40 years since Wisconsin created an ethics panel to try judges for misconduct, charges had been filed only twice against members of the Wisconsin Supreme Court. Justice David Prosser became the third on March 16, when the Wisconsin Judicial Commission announced that wrapping one's hands around the neck of another justice would establish probable cause of judicial misconduct. Under normal procedures, the complaint would now go to a three judge panel picked by the Court of Appeals who would then make a recommendation to the Supreme Court itself for final action. However, in his most recent move, Prosser has demanded his fellow justices recuse themselves from any final action.
In honor of "Sunshine Week," a national initiative to promote a dialogue about the importance of open government and freedom of information, the Center for Media and Democracy (CMD) would like to recognize Wisconsin's champions of backroom deals, secret pledges and cloaked campaign contributions.
This article first appeared on the Common Blog [http://www.commonblog.com/2012/02/23/cantors-cash/ here]. The Center for Media and Democracy (CMD) is cross-posting it as part of our ongoing [http://alecexposed.org/wiki/ALEC_Exposed ALECexposed.org] project. CMD has written articles about Cantor's introduction of ALEC's agenda to the U.S. Congress here and here, and has cross-posted an article about Cantor's cozy relationship with Wall Street investors here.