Compiled by LWVWEN Judicial Independence Committee, 2012
LWV: High court should resolve differences in open session and then move on
LWVWI position on Administration of Justice
Organizations and websites with good information about judicial independence (PDF)
Under the Influence, by Viveca Novak, American Prospect Magazine, October 2011 (subscription required)
Disorder in the Court, by Patrick Caldwell, American Prospect Magazine, October 2011(subscription required)
Methods of Judicial Selection, The Fund for Modern Courts
Selection of Appellate Court Judges: Courts of Last Resort - state-by-state summary of judicial selection methods (PDF)
Source: Bureau of Justice Statistics, State Court Organization, 2004 NCJ 212351, Update from the National Center for State Courts, March 2010
Focus: A better way to choose supreme court justices?, Wisconsin Taxpayers Alliance, 09/17/11
States debate judicial elections versus appointed bench, Thomson Reuters News & Insight, 09/11
Choosing Our Judges: Wisconsin’s Longstanding Debate, Wisconsin Lawyer, Dec. 2011
Wisconsin Supreme Court out of step with national standards on recusal, by Bill Lueders, Center for Investigative Journalism, Isthmus, March 2012
Wisconsin Supreme Court justices weigh in on the recusal issue, ibid.
Reforming the Wisconsin Supreme Court’s approach to recusal, ibid.
Wisconsin Supreme Court Justice Patience Roggensack decided case involving her own lawyer, ibid.
High stakes justice: 2011 Wisconsin Supreme Court race, by Ann Bauer, National Institute on Money in State Politics, April 18, 2011
The new politics of judicial elections, 2000-2009: Decade of change, by James Sample, Adam Skaggs, Jonathan Blitzer, Linda Casey, with the Justice at Stake Campaign, Brennan Center for Justice, and National Institute of Money in State Politics, 08/16/10.
The New Politics of Judicial Elections 2009-2010 - published October 2011 by Justice at Stake and The Brennan Center for Justice
Justice for Just Us: How special interests deceived the public in the 2007 and 2008 Wisconsin Supreme Court races, Wisconsin Democracy Campaign, 08/20/2008
League of Women Voters of Wisconsin petition to Wisconsin Supreme Court for the creation of rules for recusal when a party or a lawyer in a case made a contribution affecting a judicial campaign - initially filed in June 2008; amended petition submitted July 2009.
Wisconsin Realtors Association petition to Wisconsin Supreme Court for recusal rule, September 2008
Wisconsin Manufacturers & Commerce petition to Wisconsin Supreme Court for recusal rule, October 2009
Testimony to Joint Legislative Committee on Judicial Discipline and Recusal, Melanie G. Ramey, LWVWI President, 10/14/2010
Rule upheld First Amendment rights of voters, by Justice Patience Drake Roggensack, Wisconsin State Journal, 12/3/09
It’s time for states to follow ABA’s lead on ethics rules, by Justice at Stake Campaign, 08/11/11
American Bar Association resolution on judicial disqualification standards, 08/2011 (PDF)
LWV opinion columns:
The Capital Times, 02/08/2011
LWV's Melanie G. Ramey: How to improve functioning of state's high court
The Capital Times 09/22/11