Wisconsin Supreme Court Candidates Participate In Final Debate

Alejandra Palacios
Updated: March 30, 2018 10:48 PM

MADISON- The candidates running for Wisconsin’s highest court participated in a final debate on Friday.

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Sauk County Circuit Judge Michael Screnock and Milwaukee County Circuit Judge Rebecca Dallet faced off one more time before the election that's coming up.

Judge Screnock has support from conservatives while Judge Dallet has support from liberals. The two judges answered a variety of moderated and unmoderated questions ranging from judicial decision-making, laws evolving, defining an activist judge, President Donald Trump, and more.

Although the race is non-partisan, many Wisconsin community members have concerns on how each judge will set aside their political views, should they be seated on the high court.

Screnock said his personal beliefs have no place in the Supreme Court.

"Courts must interpret the constitution as it was originally intended and not amend the constitution on the fly in a case-by-case basis simply to fit policy preferences of individual judges and to reach a desired outcome," Screnock said.

Screnock said he would decide every case based solely on the law and not on inclinations he might have for parties or issues. He then added that his opponent does run on her personal issues or beliefs and that she advocates for policies she wants to see changed to advance her political agenda.

Judge Dallet said she recognizes the money contributions from groups supporting her campaign but will step off of cases involving the groups and the big money interest.

"Should a case involving that group come in front of the Supreme Court, I will recuse myself," Dallet said. "That's what fair and that's what shows the voters that I’m not going to get bought by special interest and I’m not going to do the bidding of anyone." 

Dallet said there needs to be strong recusal rules. She also said her opponent refuses to recuse himself from cases involving businesses and the republican party supporting his campaign.

Wisconsin residents were able to hear some final words from the candidates before the election, coming up on April 3.



Alejandra Palacios

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