Sunday, April 01, 2007

Linda Clifford gets the nod. Annette Ziegler gets a lump of coal.

Yes, there's more....

The Journal Sentinel, for reasons which seem unassailable, and now inevitable, has come out in favor of Linda Clifford for state Supreme Court.
Editorial: One clear choice

Judge Annette Ziegler has forfeited her claim after a well-documented trail of conflicts in Washington County. Linda Clifford offers intellect and solid experience.

And here's even more bad news for Judge Ziegler.

Personally, I was already concerned about what values the Wisconsin Manufacturers and Commerce (WMC) group saw in Ms. Ziegler they felt had to be represented on the Supreme Court of Wisconsin. They gave her millions of dollars to make that happen.

I kept asking myself, "why?" Here's why:

OneWisconsinNow, which has led the charge into the the judge's history found even more ugly skeleton's buried there.

When she was a private practice attorney, Annette Ziegler almost exclusively worked on cases defending a big corporation from asbestos related personal injury lawsuits. From 1990 through 1994 Ziegler handled 118 cases in the Federal District and State Courts. Of those cases, 109 were classified as asbestos cases. In all of those asbestos cases, she was the defense counsel for WR Grace. This means that 92.37% of all the cases she handled in Wisconsin were asbestos defense.

WR Grace has faced hundreds of thousands of personal injury lawsuits all over the country. They were found by the Environmental Protection Agency to be responsible for dumping toxic chemicals that contaminated drinking water which caused the deaths of five children. The resulting court case was portrayed in the movie "A Civil Action." As recently as 2005 WR Grace was indicted on federal charges for knowingly putting their workers and the public in danger through exposure to vermiculite ore contaminated with asbestos. The Seattle Post Intelligencer reported at the time that "hundreds of miners, their family members and townsfolk died and at least 1,200 have been sickened from exposure to asbestos-containing ore." This is who Annette Ziegler defended 92.37% of the time during her short time in private practice.

It's important, to some people, that huge corporations be defended in the courts for knowingly dumping toxic waste that kills children. [You just can't make this stuff up. All we need now are some pictures of dead kittens!!]

Is this what the WMC liked about Judge Ziegler? I hope not, but they've bet millions of dollars on it.

And so it goes.


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