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Wisconsin Supreme Court

The Wisconsin Supreme Court heads the judicial branch of our state government. It is composed of 7 justices, each elected statewide to a 10-year term. The supreme court is primarily an appellate court and serves as Wisconsin’s “court of last resort.” It also exercises original jurisdiction in a small number of cases of statewide concern. A justice must have been a licensed attorney in Wisconsin for the five years preceding election to judicial office.
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    Tim Burns (N) Attorney

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    Rebecca Dallet (N) Milwaukee County Circuit Court Judge

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Biographical Information

What educational, professional, civic and community experiences have you had that qualify you for this elective office?

Describe in lay terms the duties of a Wisconsin Supreme Court Justice. What types of cases are heard by the Court?

Would you be in favor of the adoption by the Supreme Court of standard rules requiring the recusal of Wisconsin judges and justices from cases involving a major campaign contributor or supporter? Why or why not?

Committee Burns for Wisconsin
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Twitter @Burns4WI
Education Weber State University - B.A. History University of Missouri School of Law
I am the grandson of Mississippi sharecroppers. My parents were forced out of high school by poverty, but I grew up in a time when a minimum wage supported a family. The public schools of my era gave me the opportunity to build a successful national practice standing up to insurance companies. But in the span of my lifetime, equal opportunity for the children of people who struggle has disappeared, and has been replaced by a system where most of the new income and wealth goes to the top 1%.
The WI Supreme Court has been a rubber stamp for Scott Walker’s harmful agenda. The campaign ads would have you believe that the court is mostly devoted to criminal cases, but that isn’t true. The court takes 50-60 cases per year to shape our economy & political system. Social security, minimum wage, maximum work day, affordable healthcare were all 5-4 decisions along political lines. I’ll be a progressive champion on the court, because we need fair courts to get Wisconsin back on track.
I fully support the Rules Petition 17-01, brought forth in January by 56 retired judges. I think the high court’s refusal to hold a public hearing on the proposal and the closure of administrative meetings to the public undermines credibility in our judicial system. I was appalled to learn that our high court retaliated by cutting the reserve judges pay, and I have tried to raise awareness on this issue. A number of the reserve judges who signed the rules petition have endorsed my candidacy.
Committee Dallet for Justice
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Twitter @judgedallet
Education Case Western Reserve University Law School, Cleveland, Ohio — Juris Doctorate 1991-1994; The Ohio State University Columbus, Ohio — Bachelor of Arts, 1988 - 1991
With more than 23 years as judge & prosecutor, I have the deepest experience in Wisconsin courtrooms, presiding/arguing 1000s of cases & over 300 jury trials, in homicide, serious felony, domestic violence, drugs, civil & small claims courts. As lawyer & judge, I’ve been deeply involved in the community, serving on many committees and receiving multiple awards (see full bio at BA summa cum laude w/ honors, Ohio State University JD summa cum laude, Case Western Reserve Law School
A justice upholds the Constitution to ensure justice is done. We have to be fair, transparent, and look out for the little guy to ensure the powerful aren’t taking advantage of the system.

The court addresses cases that have large import/impact on civil & criminal justice systems. Are constitutional rights at stake? Is the law clear? Are different laws in conflict? My job as a Supreme Court justice would be to apply the U.S./state constitutions, & state/federal law, to protect our rights.
A strong recusal rule is absolutely necessary. It’s vital we remove special interest influence on our system. Corporate special interests are spending massive amounts to buy judges on the court to serve their own goals. Justices do not yet have a clear standard for when to recuse themselves. If one of their campaign donors or former clients brings a case, justices aren’t necessarily required to recuse themselves -- and that’s wrong. It’s a symptom of a system that’s broken.
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Campaign Mailing Address 1430 Amber Court
Reedsburg, WI 53959
Twitter @judgescrenock
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