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April 01, 2011

Check Out Wisconin's Incoming Left-Liberal Chief Justice

I'm saying that not to predict it, exactly, but more to underscore what's on the line here, if Prosser is defeated.

It won't be pretty.

Abrahamson proselytizes for the legal school of thought known as “new federalism,” which encourages state supreme courts to interpret their state constitutions independently of the Supreme Court — that is to say, more broadly....

And to exclude more evidence in murder trials.

Abrahamson’s most notorious opinion, perhaps, was Ferdon v. Wisconsin Patient Comp. Fund, in which she struck down the state’s cap on medical-malpractice rewards. The legislature had capped the amount juries could award for noneconomic damages at $350,000, but the chief found the limit in violation of “equal protection.”

She held there that dividing people between merely injured and severely injured (and imposing a cap for noneconomic harm -- that is, pain and suffering) on the merely injured was somehow a violation of the equal protection clause. You know, the old racial prejudice against the lightly injured.

Update: If this horrible thing can pervert the equal protection doctrine to protect trial lawyers, you best believe she can make up some equally insipid crap to claim that unions have a right to everything they want.

Over the years, Abrahamson scored points for the Left, opposing school choice and citing foreign law to achieve her purposes. For her reliable jurisprudence, liberal activists rewarded her handsomely. The list of her campaign donors reads like the Democratic party’s roll call: The American Federation of State, County, and Municipal Employees; Services Employee International Union; Planned Parenthood; the American Federation of Teachers. Between 1989 and 2009, labor unions gave Abrahamson over $190,000 in campaign donations — more than they gave to the other six justices combined.


When an electoral opponent accuses her of being a liberal, she plays dumb. “I don’t know what these labels mean,” she told Isthmus in 2009.

The woman running against Prosser is Abrahamson's former intern. So I think you know which way she's voting, eh?

If Prosser loses, this lawless leftist becomes the Chief Justice.

Volunteer and vote, and drag ten people out to vote with you. It matters.

And you can still donate to Wisconsin Club for Growth, organizing on behalf of Prosser.

Not to bring you down but Prosser is polling evenly with his opponent which is always bad for an incumbent and plus you have a ferocious intensity among the left -- I don't see that on the right. I feel like we, pardon my french, blew our wad in November and now are sort of chillaxin' as the left comes roaring back.

Incidentally: A commenter mentions frustration at the Wisconsin Republicans. I guess he means about not re-passing the Budget Repair Bill.

I think they're not doing that yet because they don't want another left-base-enraging media circus until after this election.

But if Prosser loses, and this Abrahamson woman becomes the new Chief Justice -- don't think that re-passing the bill will save it. She'll come up with some new way to invalidate it completely.

Correction: Abrahamson is already the Chief Justice -- she's just outnumbered 4-3. A Prosser loss wouldn't make her Chief Justice, but would make her the senior vote in a 4-3 liberal majority.

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