Reform the Rules on Judicial Recusal


We need rules to make it clear that judges can’t participate in cases where they may have a conflict of interest.





Add Your Name


    Not ? Click here.


    It’s important that our courts are beyond reproach and that judges aren’t deciding cases involving their campaign contributors.

    But that’s not what the rules say in Wisconsin today. In fact, the conservative majority on our State Supreme Court adopted rules, literally written by the same special interests that spent big money to get them elected, that allow them to participate in cases even if the parties involved contributed to their campaigns.

    The rules need to change, and we’re asking for your help to do it. Add your name, and we'll mail the message below to Wisconsin Supreme Court Justices.

    To: Wisconsin Supreme Court Justices

    I'm writing this letter because the Wisconsin Supreme Court is set to consider a petition asking for a rewrite of the rules about when a judge needs to recuse themselves from case because of a conflict of interest, and I’m requesting you reform those rules.

    Over fifty retired judges from across the state have spoken out in favor of rewriting the rules on judicial recusal, and I agree with their position.

    I look to our courts to protect rights, treat everyone equally under the law and to act as a check on overreaches by the legislative and executive branches.

    It is critically important that our courts are beyond reproach and that judges aren’t deciding cases involving their campaign contributors and rules are needed to make it clear that judges can’t participate in cases where they may have a conflict of interest.

    The rules on recusal need to be reformed to keep conflicts of interest out of our courts.

    Thank you.