Bradley, Rogensack and Ziegler, now deciding Milwaukee cops' residency case, got $$ from Milwaukee cops
Three conservative State Supreme Court justice received campaign donations from the Milwaukee Police Association, which now is asking the court to overturn the city's residency requirements.
None of the three justices -- Annette Ziegler, Patience Roggensack, and Rebecca Bradley -- recused themselves from participating in the case.
Ziegler, elected in 2007, received a total of $500 from the MPA in 2006 and 2007; Roggensack, who is chief justice, received a total of $1,000 in 2012 and 2013; and Bradley, just elected to the court after being appointed by Gov. Scott Walker last year, received $1,250 from the MPA in 2013. (Ziegler also received $500 from the Milwaukee firefighters' union, which joined in the suit and would like to see the residency rule abolished.)
The court, by 4-3 vote, in 2010 changed its ethics rules so that campaign donations themselves were not enough to force judges to recuse themselves from cases. Voting with the majority were Gableman, Roggensack, Ziegler, and Justice David Prosser. Dissenting were Justices Shirley Abrahamson, Ann Walsh Bradley, and the late N. Patrick Crooks.
Gretchen Schuldt is executive director of the Wisconsin Justice Initiative.
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