Faculty James Sample, Associate Professor of Law

Published on February 9, 2011 | by LawNews

Prof. James Sample Asserts Wisconsin’s Judicial Recusal Rules Are Among Worst in Country

Wisconsin Supreme Court Conference Features Discussion of Judicial Recusal

State Bar of Wisconsin Newsletter

By Jake Wittwer

February 2011


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.

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