Ya think Court of Appeals Judge Paul F. Reilly is just a bit relieved the buzz and outrage swirling around the Steven Avery case broke just a little too late to make for a difficult re-election this spring?
Reilly is one of two still-serving judges who rejected Avery's appeal in the Theresa Halbach murder case. The other, Lisa S. Neubauer, does not face re-election until 2020.
Reilly, a former Waukesha County circuit judge, was elected to the District 2 Court of Appeals in 2010. The next year, he, along with Neubauer and former Judge Richard Brown, turned down Avery's appeal. You can read the decision here.
The December 2015 airing on Netflix of "Making a Murderer," about the Avery case, brought new scrutiny to the case and sparked debate about the fairness of the justice system. It was too late, though, for anyone who wanted to use the controversy to challenge Reilly to gather the minimum of 1,000 signatures needed by the Jan. 5 filing deadline. Reilly is unopposed in the April 5 election, as are the other three appeals court judges on the ballot.
Gretchen Schuldt is executive director of the Wisconsin Justice Initiative.
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