From The Badger Herald:
Commission calls for Ziegler to be reprimandedby Jessi Polsky
Friday, September 7, 2007The Wisconsin Judicial Commission filed a complaint Thursday formally reprimanding state Supreme Court Justice Annette Ziegler for misconduct involving a conflict of interest when she presided over cases involving her husband’s employer.
“I apologize for the unintentional error I made hearing cases where West Bend Savings Bank was a party in the matter,” Ziegler said in a statement released Thursday. “I have taken steps to make sure a similar mistake does not happen in the future, [and] I look forward to doing the work the people of Wisconsin elected me to do.”
What next now that her wrist has been ...?
I was going to say slapped, but this is more of a light tap than a slap...
From the Wisconsin State Journal
The Judicial Commission's complaint now goes to a three-judge panel to be appointed by Judge Richard S. Brown, the chief judge of the Court of Appeals. That panel will report its findings and recommend any discipline to the Supreme Court, which then will sit in judgment of its newest member.
In May, Ziegler also acknowledged violating Wisconsin's conflict-of-interest law by presiding over cases involving West Bend Savings. She agreed to pay a $5,000 fine and an estimated $12,000 in costs to the Wisconsin Ethics Board.
I wonder now whether Ms. Ziegler would have won this election had she been honest about her ethical failure in these cases. Probably not.
I wonder whether she would have run those howling-at-the-moon commercials portraying her as the victim of a mudslinging and ghoulish Linda Clifford who -- it now turns out -- was merely citing the ethical lapses for which Judge Ziegler was found guilty for which she was fined $20,000. Probably not.
I also wonder whether anyone will trust her when she checks her gut while sitting on our highest court? We'll see.
Maybe I've taken this whole thing too seriously. After all, ethical lapses in our elected officials aren't impeachable offenses or anything -- well, not any more.
And so it goes.