Saturday, May 19, 2007

Annette Ziegler: ethical violations are easy when you have enough money to pay for them.

Hi folks,

Good grief.


Wisconsin Supreme Court Justice-elect Annette Ziegler has acknowledged she violated the state's conflict-of-interest law and agreed to pay $17,000, including a $5,000 fine, the Wisconsin Ethics Board announced Wednesday.

Ms. Ziegler is a liar, too. By confessing to these violations, she admits she lied in those whiney commercials when she complained about Linda Clifford pointing out her, now admitted, habitual violations of ethical conduct.

Not mud, just fact.

I guess if you have enough money, being unethical isn't a problem. I wonder if the voters still want someone with this kind of ethical myopia to sit on our Supreme Court? Maybe the voters don't care so long as she coughs up the $22,000. Hmm.

She's not out of the woods yet, of course:
The Supreme Court justice-elect also is the subject of a complaint filed with the Wisconsin Judicial Commission alleging she violated the judicial ethics code by presiding over cases involving the bank and several companies in which she owns $50,000 or more in stock. The commission is currently investigating those allegations.

I suspect all of this was more carelessness than intentional, but I don't want anyone that careless on the Supreme Court. Still don't.

I wonder if Ms. Ziegler would want someone like her on the Supreme Court?


Thursday, May 10, 2007

More (Groucho) Marxist irony for Ms. Ziegler.

From Ed Garvey's GarveyBlog at

In the "if you just pay attention, life makes the point for you" department:

Supreme Court acts wisely. The Wisconsin Supreme Court refused to grant the motion of Annette Ziegler to halt the Ethics Board's investigation of her alleged conflicts while serving as a Ciruit Court Judge in Washington County. The hearing will go forward on May 17.

A mild-mannered-well-behaved group picketed the Court on Monday, calling for public financing of Court races. (Court was not in session.) In an amusing coincidence the rotunda was filled with "music for picketing" provided, ironically, by the West Bend high school band. (Ziegler lives in West Bend.)

Hey! Something is going on. Stay tuned.

Tom Lehrer once noted that political satire became obsolete after Henry Kissinger won the Nobel Peace Prize.

And the band plays on.


Ziegler and Marx.

And the irony gets thicker.

JS Online: High court won't hear Ziegler's ethics request

Posted: May 8, 2007

Madison - The state Supreme Court refused Tuesday to hear incoming Justice Annette Ziegler's request that the court throw out an Ethics Board complaint against her.

It must be tough to lose the first case you've ever argued to the Supreme Court when you are youself about to join it. What was that old Groucho Marx line?

"I refuse to belong to any club that will accept me as a member."

Something like that. I'm not remotely sure how it fits here, but heavens it seems to.


Friday, May 04, 2007