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Wednesday, March 7, 2012

 12:44 PM 

State GOP files complaint against judge in voter ID case

The state GOP today filed a complaint against the Dane County judge who put the state's voter ID law on hold, saying he should have recused himself for signing a recall petition against Gov. Scott Walker.

The complaint, filed with the Wisconsin Judicial Commission, argues Judge David Flanagan should have at the very least notified the parties in the voter ID suit that he had signed the petition circulated by his wife so they could have sought a different judge.

Walker was listed as a defendant in the suit and advocated for a voter ID law. By signing the petition, Flanagan publicly "demonstrated his disagreement with Governor Walker holding his position as governor and the policies Governor Walker has advocated for and put in place."

Among other things, the complaint charges Flanagan used his position to advance his and his wife's private interests in supporting the recall election in violation of rules requiring judges to remain the appearance of neutrality in all activities.

-- By Staff


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