Tuesday, April 03, 2007

Blind trust and then Supreme court justice.

Hi folks

Annette Ziegler, known as a smart and able judge -- with documented moments of careless ethics -- will be a Supreme Court Justice for the state of Wisconsin for the next 10 years. Putting her assets into a blind trust was the right, ethical, move. Without that, even perfectly reasonable rulings would have the appearance of hypocracy.

I'm reminded, always, that a critic is someone who shows up after the battle -- and shoots the wounded.

Good luck Ms. Ziegler. Please please remember: Justice comes first.



Xoff said...

Actually, your definition of a critic -- someone who shows up after the battle and shoots the wounded -- is usually a description applied to editorial writers.

Mpeterson said...

Grin, and editors in general.

This doesn't make them wrong, of course.

Anonymous said...

Do you think Zieglers judicial philosphy (basically, you can break the rules if no one can prove you benefit from it)is a mandate for legislation now?

Mpeterson said...

I don't want to be unkind about this, but I'm not sure Judge Ziegler is sufficiently reflective to be said to have a judicial "philosophy." If she were, she'd have checked the rules and not her gut.

Personal profits or not, how will she ever convince the people she ruled against that they were given just treatment? And why would they believe her?

That puts us all in a lousy position.

What kind of legislation did you have in mind?

Anonymous said...

I think the legislation must make it clear that judicial rules must be followed or you lose your job.

We give judges alot of power and the rules are the only thing we have to restrain the abuse of that power.