Wisconsin Supreme Court Justice Ann Walsh Bradley on Wednesday recused herself from hearing a request from unnamed petitioners to stop the John Doe investigation into recall campaign fundraising because their attorney practices with her son.Via the Wheeler Report, here is a copy of Bradley's letter.
Bradley wrote that while she believes she could fairly hear the matter, and she does not believe judicial rules require recusal, she finds it necessary to prevent even the appearance of impartiality.
"This court has been subject to extensive criticism for its recusal rules and practices," she wrote. "Weak recusal rules and lapses in recusal practices undermine the public trust and confidence in a fair and impartial judiciary."
I commend Justice Bradley for taking the high road and avoiding any sense of impartiality or conflict.
The question now is whether Justices Annette Ziegler, David Prosser, Michael Gableman and Patrica Roggensack will recuse themeselves.
One of the plaintiffs is Eric O'Keefe, the head for the Wisconsin Club for Growth, which worked actively to get each of these justices elected. If these four don't recuse themselves due to this obvious conflict of interest, you know the whole thing is rigged.