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Why Would We Want A Police State?

Roggensack sells out to Law Enforcement interests in bid to be re-elected to WI Supreme Court.

State Supreme Court Justice Patience Roggensack is running for re-election to the Wisconsin Supreme Court.

She is currently running ads that tout that 62 of Wisconsin's County Sheriffs have endorsed her for re-election.

Again, law enforcement officials are endorsing Roggensack for re-election — and she is proud of that.

I for one do NOT want a Supreme Court Justice to beholden to law enforcement officials, or to pander to them to get re-elected.

When a citizen is charged with a crime, that citizen is entitled to be tried by his or her peers, and to have an impartial judiciary ensuring a fair trial.

And if that citizen is convicted and has an appeal that goes to the Supreme Court, again, that citizen is entitled to an impartial judiciary.

In my opinion, Roggensack is selling out her impartiality to law enforcement in order to be re-elected.

Why would we want our judiciary to sell out to law enforcement, Wisconsin is not some Banana Republic or third world country that is run as a police state, and I think virtually all Wisconsin citizens prefer having checks and balances between law enforcement and the judiciary.

Justice Roggensack — I think you should RECUSE yourself from this election as you are unable to recognize a conflict of interest.

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David Tatarowicz February 13, 2013 at 05:11 PM
@Steve You make a very good point. I don't think that police or military, as a group, should endorse any politician. They all have their individual rights to contribute to and vote for candidates as private citizens -- but their job is to carry out our laws and provide for safety and service --- not to make laws or influence them --- a dangerous precedent as we have seen all too many times in too many parts of the world. I even feel queasy when some former military leaders have run for office. So far we have been lucky, for instance Eisenhower was definitely one of our greatest presidents --- but could you imagine someone like MacArthur --- one of the pettiest and self centered people to ever wear a uniform !!
DICK STEINBERG February 13, 2013 at 05:18 PM
Police unions were exempt under Act 10 and have awesome power to arrest and endorse. There is no need for local police unions to exist in order to endorse candidates for public office and then be neutral in serving the general public.
Terry February 13, 2013 at 09:24 PM
Why would I assume this is Partisan? Because you are David. Frankly, your claims to come from the middle are somewhat suspect if examined under the scope of your posting history. You are far from moderate, and I have been around long enough to know that. And don't be disingenuous about the audience here. There are enough divergent opinions monitoring this site, that it is telling that no one is supporting this.
GearHead February 14, 2013 at 10:43 PM
Actually, it used to be when law enforcement endorsed a judge (or candidate) it carried a lot of weight because most folks like the idea of a conservative judge who is tough on crime, and upholds the Constitution. It still does now, which why you might be upset, David. But what is the alternative? Would you prefer the criminals and moocher class endorse her? Those would be the type the ACLU jumps through their shirt to defend. Ahhh, that is the endorsement her challengers are seeking; The left wing of the WI Supreme court is the best gift criminals and moochers could ask for. Let's keep it in the minority.
GearHead February 14, 2013 at 10:55 PM
BTW, your concerns about the Patriot Act overreach aren't without merit. And I'm no fan of Homeland Security that prefers pretend security measures like feeling up elderly women and little kids, to getting serious and profiling real threat. Still, to say law enforcement endorsing a judge is somehow advocating a police state is a reach. Concern yourself instead with how the police (all forms of civil and military forces) will react when the EBT grocery cards stop paying out, and the looting and rioting begin. Can you say martial law? Isn't that another fancy name for police state?

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