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A judge should know and follow the law



If anyone knows the law, forward and backward, it is a judge. Particularly a judge on the Supreme Court. But former Wisconsin Supreme Court Justice Michael Gableman has worked hard to skirt the laws regarding the retention of public documents. Gableman is heading an “investigation” into the 2020 election in Wisconsin, at a cost to taxpayers of some three-quarter of a million dollars. But now we’re learning that Gableman and his legal team have admitted to regularly deleting emails and text messages related to the investigation. His lawyer says they delete those which are not of use to the investigation. But it seems that isn’t their decision to make. Wisconsin’s laws on open records are pretty clear, although Gableman would like to think he is exempt. Legislative lawyers had told Gableman earlier that the laws apply to him, but he has chosen to ignore them and their advice. This shouldn’t be a shock, given that it took lawsuits to compel Gableman, and the man who hired him, Speaker Robin Vos, to produce previous emails requested under the open records laws. Taxpayers funding this investigation should not be left in the dark about how it is playing out, and those being paid shouldn’t be working so hard to cover up their tracks. Certainly, a former justice on Wisconsin’s highest court should know that.

Scott Robert Shaw serves as WIZM Program Director and News Director, and delivers the morning news on WKTY, Z-93 and 95.7 The Rock. Scott has been at Mid-West Family La Crosse since 1989, and authors Wisconsin's only daily radio editorial, "As I See It" heard on WIZM each weekday morning and afternoon.

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  1. Richard Lepsch

    April 22, 2022 at 6:00 am

    So will we see articles from you about democrat activist judges who are always making law from the bench…or are we only going to see it about conservatives…HYPOCRISY is a democrat value as of late

  2. Sean

    April 22, 2022 at 7:51 am

    It’s strange Scott, you NEVER mentioned anything about Hillary deleting all her emails and smashing her phones with hammers and running bleach bit.. silly how you demarcates have selective outrage. it’s your opinion but it’s Garbage.

  3. Kent Porter

    April 22, 2022 at 8:11 am

    Maybe your Democratic Judge ROMONA GONZALES , you know the one that let’s meth heads out on signature bond only to be caught four days latter with METH , GUNS , and a bunch of HEROIN on them , Wake up people vote this democratic junk out of office , From Washington , to La Crosse , WAY TO WOKE

  4. Mike Sladky

    April 22, 2022 at 11:30 am

    Hey Robert, Why don’t you write (or opine) about the City Clerk in Green Bay who admitted to accepting multiple absentee ballots from one individual in the 2020 election (can you say illegal ballot harvesting). Oh ya, my offer still stands for me to fill in your ballot and drop it of in the next election. Have a nice day.

  5. Sharon Sue Schultz

    April 22, 2022 at 6:34 pm

    Thank you for exposing the facts. I appreciate your information

  6. Dan

    April 24, 2022 at 9:46 pm

    GOP lies, it’s minions also fabricate and lie. Nothing but losers and snowflakes and liars.

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