Published on February 9, 2011 | by LawNews
Prof. James Sample Asserts Wisconsin’s Judicial Recusal Rules Are Among Worst in Country
State Bar of Wisconsin Newsletter
By Jake Wittwer
Briefly addressing amendments to the state judicial recusal rules adopted by the Wisconsin Supreme Court in July 2010, Sample declared the changes had made Wisconsin’s recusal rules among “the worst in the entire country.” The amendments to the Rules of Judicial Conduct were adopted by the Wisconsin Supreme Court on a 4-3 vote, Justices Prosser, Roggensack, Ziegler, and Gableman in the majority. The amended rules now provide that a judge shall not be required to recuse himself or herself in a proceeding based “solely” on the receipt of a lawful campaign contribution, or based “solely” on an independent expenditure made by a group or individual who is involved in the proceeding.