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WI Supreme Court candidates appear in Madison


MADISON (WKOW) -- The two remaining candidates in Wisconsin's Supreme Court race addressed the Rotary Club in Madison Wednesday.

Incumbent Justice Pat Roggensack and Marquette Law School Professor Ed Fallone discussed experience, campaign finances and a so-called "dysfunction" among the current justices.

"He's never walked the walk. He's never made a decision on a case and seen how it has to get put together," Roggensack told 27 News about her opponent.

Fallone fired back,"Well, what Justice Roggensack talks about is experience judging other judges and for 20 years now as a law professor, that's what I do everyday in the classroom."

During a forum portion of the meeting, Fallone pointed out what he calls "dysfunction" in the court. Among other things, we was referring to allegations that Justice David Prosser put his hands on another Justice's neck during an argument. "We've seen the disciplinary case against Justice Prosser dissolved into limbo and we are left with no accountability," Fallone said.

Roggensack said she prefers to keep the focus on candidates in this race. "My heart aches a little bit with the choice my opponent has made for his campaign because he attacks the court as an institution."

In February, Roggensack won the primary election with more than two-thirds of the vote. Fallone finished second. The Brennan Center estimates a third party conservative group spent more than $300,000 on campaign ads supporting Roggensack. Campaign finance came up Wednesday.

"If you're talking about third party independent contributions, there's nothing that I can do about it. It goes under Citizens United under the United States Supreme Court and those justices wear shoes that are a whole lot bigger than mine," Roggensack said.

Both candidates seemed to support a publicly funded judicial race. Fallone and Roggensack will square off in the general election on April 2.

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