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Judges need to follow the law, too



Normally judges are the ones that determine how the laws are applied. But sometimes you have to remind the judges themselves to follow the law. Wisconsin attorney Michael Gableman remains in legal trouble, with a judge this week reminding him not to delete public records dealing with his time as special counsel investigating the possibility of fraud in the 2020 presidential election. He never found any of course, but did have trouble following the law during his so-called investigation. He was sued by a number of liberal groups who argued that the records he kept during his investigation were a matter of public record. The judge agreed, but Gableman continued to stonewall, and was even held in contempt of court for not producing the records. We were told in September the documents would be produced soon, but that still hasn’t happened. The office Gableman led has been shut down for nearly a year, but Gableman’s antics continue to cost taxpayers, who have already shelled out nearly $2 million for the witch-hunt. A judge should know better. Especially a former Supreme Court justice. He should comply and finally end this sad chapter in Wisconsin politics.

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

    June 7, 2023 at 5:52 am

    Great,lets make sure the same goes for liberal democrat judges who think it’s their job to make laws from the bench, or how their feeling for the day. We don’t need that democrat double standard of justice do we?

  2. Tom Fitzpatrick

    June 7, 2023 at 8:21 am

    Gableman has intentionally violated the law. He should be jailed for contempt of court. Complaints about “liberal” judges making laws from the bench ignore the fact that conservative judges on the Wisconsin Supreme Court and the U S Supreme Court “make” even more laws with their decisions. But Gableman isn’t “making” laws, he is breaking them. Appalling for a former Wis Supreme Court justice, even one who was not very rational.

  3. Tom

    June 7, 2023 at 8:58 am

    Following the law as written is not making law from the bench.

    Keep an eye on Protasiewicz

  4. Amanda Subert

    June 7, 2023 at 1:39 pm

    Wish someone would hold the Judges and D.A.s in Outagamie accountable for using the crisis line and nurse direct as a way to dispatch deputies to frame people with mental illnesses or drug addictions for fake crimes, put them in jail while phycologically abusing them to instill fear in them so out of desperation they plea guilty for a crime they didn’t commit with a useless lawyer who only studied civil rights law to take an easy deal of counseling then charge them for the lawyer and court costs for extortion and pocketing opioid litigation money. I have soild evidence.

    • Michelle Henke

      June 8, 2023 at 2:06 pm

      I absolutely agree that judges and DA’s should be held accountable also and if you were a decent enough person who you say that you are you would lay this to rest and do the right thing now instead of making people wait and playing the games you do.

  5. Kent

    June 8, 2023 at 2:54 pm


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