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Primary Preview: 3 Vying for Wisconsin Supreme Court Seat

Voters will choose between a lemon law attorney, a Marquette University law professor and an incumbent in the Feb. 19 primary election.

Three candidates — Ed Fallone, Vince Megna and incumbent Pat Roggensack — are vying for a 10-year seat on the Wisconsin Supreme Court Justice in the Feb. 19 primary election.

The job is non-partisan, but there's a stark contrast between these candidates. The top two vote-getters will square off in the April 2 general election.

Ed Fallone, 48, of Whitefish Bay, is a Marquette University Law professor who teaches constitutional, corporate and criminal law. He has never been a judge before.

Still, Fallone has called out the Supreme Court justices for playing politics and becoming dysfunctional. A number of liberal and progressive groups have endorsed Fallone, including the AFL-CIO. Fallone also founded Centro Legal, a firm that helps needy families get legal representation, and he signed the petition to start a recall against Gov. Scott Walker.

Vince Megna, 68, of Menomonee Falls, is a lemon law lawyer who works for Aiken & Scoptur, S.C., Milwaukee. Megna says he's a liberal Democract. Megna has also never been a judge before.

He is running for State Supreme Court because he believes it has been “bought and paid for by outside influences,” including the Americans for Prosperity and the Koch Brothers. Megna didn’t plan on raising any money until after the primaries and said he hates asking people for money. He doesn’t believe out of state campaign money should be accepted by candidates, believes in stronger consumer protection laws, is against voter suppression laws and for equal pay for women.

Pat Roggensack of Madison has served on the State Supreme Court since 2003.

While the polls show Roggensack is leading the race, she has been criticized for taking campaign contributions from out-of-state donors, including the Walton family, which owns Walmart, and millionaires Betsy and Dick DeVos.

Roggensack, who has been described as a conservative, said she focused on how the court could serve the public, more specifically on how quickly decisions get handed down and set up the first Supreme Court Finance Committee.

CowDung February 13, 2013 at 11:08 PM
Funny how she didn't mention how she was the one that moved toward Prosser. If the guy really intended to attack and cause her harm/strangle her, he would have made a move toward her.
The Anti-Alinsky February 13, 2013 at 11:57 PM
Lyle, robert just spewed out the standard Wisconsin Left talking point they have done every Supreme Court election for the past several years. That is what is clueless. When Annette Ziegler beat Linda Clifford in 2007, the Left just went on a rampage. It didn't matter to them that Clifford had no judicial experience, nor any of the non-incumbent candidates since. Their activist candidates lost and they can't seem to let it go (as evidenced by robert's rant). Now they are attempting to manufacture a crisis to give Pat Roggensack a black eye ( http://muskego.patch.com/blog_posts/united-wisconsin-calls-on-supreme-court-justice-roggensack-to-denounce-inflammatory-remarks-made-by-senator-ron-johnson ). As for the court being dysfunctional, much of that seems to come down on Shirley Abrahamson. She is a intelligent, hard working justice that apparently has trouble with people disagreeing with her. Her role as the Chief Justice, as well as being the most tenured, puts her in a position that should be bring the dysfunctionality under control. Instead she seems to feed it using Ann Walsh Bradley. Regardless, Roggensack is one of the more stable elements of the court, is impartial and I have already voted for her!
robert heule February 14, 2013 at 12:01 AM
Cow, But he's an experienced law professor who has taught all aspects of law. One doesn't need trial experience to be qualified to rule on the law.
GearHead February 14, 2013 at 12:20 AM
Choking hazard? Really Bob? Prosser looks like he weighs about 98 lbs dripping wet. Bradley probably outweighs him. Abrahamson certainly does.
GearHead February 14, 2013 at 12:24 AM
Bob, Obama was supposedly an experianced law professor, except nobody has ever seen any of his scholarly work (excepting his 2 debunked autobiographies). Isn't his dismal record proof enough law professors are a liability?

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