It was totally unnecessary in the decision, but it was very nice of District 1 Appeals Court Judge Kitty Brennan to include in an opinion released today an instantly classic quote from Milwaukee County Circuit Court Judge John Siefert.
Siefert was, in a fairly routine drunk driving case, ordering a woman to install a breath interlock device on her car and her husband's car. (Brennan, in this one-judge appeals decision, said Siefert erred in the husband's car part of the order.)
In discussing the interlock device, Siefert said, "Now, if you cut somebody’s hand off that they can’t grab the steering wheel, then they can’t drive."
Yes. Well. Ouch.
Gretchen Schuldt is executive director of the Wisconsin Justice Initiative.
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