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State Supreme Court Justice wants to keep elections for bench positions


MADISON, WI (WTAQ) - State Supreme Court Justice Pat Roggensack says judges should stay elected – even as concerns grow over the impact of money and politics on the justice system.

Roggensack tells the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel editorial board that she would never have been appointed. She said she didn’t have enough connections with the governor when she was first elected to an appeals court 17 years ago.

Also, Roggensack says people’s rights should not be taken away just because, “someone else is behaving badly.”

Roggensack was elected 10 years ago to the Supreme Court, and she’s running against Marquette law professor Ed Fallone in April for a second term.

Roggensack also tries to shun her conservative label. She votes with a four-member conservative majority in most major cases, and outside conservative groups endorse her. But Roggensack says she gets endorsements from Democrats as well as Republicans – and she criticizes Fallone for saying he would represent working people on the Supreme Court.

Roggensack says she doesn’t represent anyone but, “just the rule of law.”