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Ann Walsh Bradley: Law Enforcement’s Choice for Supreme Court

Over 300 Sheriffs, Police Chiefs, DAs, and Judges Endorse Justice Bradley.

For Immediate Release

March 24, 2015

Contact: Kory Kozloski (608) 213-7650

Madison, WI – Supreme Court Justice Ann Walsh Bradley expressed her appreciation to the hundreds of officers, officials and judges who have made her law enforcement’s choice for the Wisconsin Supreme Court.

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At Forum, Bradley Focuses on Importance of Keeping Partisan Politics & Special Interests Out of Courts

Forum highlights candidates differing views on partisanship and out-of-state special interests in Wisconsin’s courtrooms.

For Immediate Release

March 19, 2015

Contact: Kory Kozloski (608) 213-7650

 

Milwaukee, WI – At a forum hosted by the Milwaukee Bar Association today Supreme Court Justice Ann Walsh Bradley laid out the choice voters face in the race for Wisconsin’s highest court.

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Bi-Partisan District Attorneys Endorse Justice Bradley

Bradley’s re-election campaign now has endorsements from over 300 Sheriffs, Police Chiefs, Judges, and District Attorneys.

For Immediate Release

March 17, 2015

Contact: Kory Kozloski (608) 213-7650

 

Madison, WI – A bipartisan group of over 30 District Attorneys from across the state have announced their support for Wisconsin Supreme Court Justice Ann Walsh Bradley, the Bradley campaign announced today.

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Justice Bradley’s responses to the League of Women Voters Candidate Survey

1. What educational, professional, civic and community experiences have you had that you believe qualify you for this elective office?

For the past two decades, I have served Wisconsin as a Justice on our Supreme Court. Prior to coming to the Court, I taught high school in La Crosse, practiced law in Wausau, and served as a Marathon County Circuit Court judge. My experience and independence distinguish me in this campaign. I am dedicated to maintaining fair, impartial and non-­partisan courts. As a result, I have a long list of bi­partisan supporters including Sue Ann Thompson (R), Congressman Ron Kind (D), and Senators Dale Schulz (R) and Tim Cullen (D), together with hundreds of law enforcement professionals and judges.

2. Describe in lay terms the duties of a Wisconsin Supreme Court Justice. What types of cases are heard by the court?

The fundamental duty of a Supreme Court Justice is to carefully consider each case on its merits and apply the law in order to reach a fair and impartial decision, free from ideological or political considerations or bias. Unlike any other Wisconsin court, Supreme Court Justices choose the cases we hear. The Supreme Court’s written decisions should help clarify for attorneys and for people involved in the cases, important questions of constitutional law. We hear cases in all areas of the law including criminal cases (homicide, assault, child abuse) and civil cases (personal injury, business law, municipal law).

3. What procedural or legislative changes might improve the operations of the court?

Adopting meaningful recusal rules would improve Wisconsin courts. Additionally I address a proposed change that would be harmful. Wisconsin voters are being asked to approve a constitutional amendment that would change the way the Chief Justice is selected. I agree with former Wisconsin Supreme Court Justice Janine Geske, when opposing the amendment she stated: “The reason for the proposed constitutional amendment … is because there is a dislike by some for our current chief justice, Shirley S. Abrahamson….For us to amend that document because some are unhappy with the style of a particular justice is a terrible mistake.”

4. How will you as a Supreme Court Justice advocate for the independence of the courts?

I have championed keeping partisan politics out of courts from my first campaign through the present. As Wisconsin co-­chair of former U.S. Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O’Connor’s initiative to improve understanding of our courts, I travel statewide speaking to students, teachers and civic groups about the importance of an independent judiciary. I serve in leadership positions in organizations promoting the rule of law at home and abroad. Finally, I am holding to a higher standard than is required by our current ethics rules by not accepting contributions from any party or attorney with a case before the Court.


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Over 170 Judges Endorse Justice Ann Walsh Bradley

Judges across Wisconsin announce their support for Justice Bradley’s re-election.

For Immediate Release

February 26, 2015

Contact: Kory Kozloski (608) 213-7650

Madison, WI – More than 170 judges from around Wisconsin have announced their support for Wisconsin Supreme Court Justice Ann Walsh Bradley’s re-election, the Bradley campaign announced today.

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Bi-Partisan Leaders Endorse Justice Bradley

Sue Ann Thompson, Congressman Ron Kind, Sen. Dale Schultz, and Sen. Tim Cullen, announce their support.

For Immediate Release

February 16, 2015

Contact: Kory Kozloski (608) 213-7650

Madison, WI –Today, former Wisconsin First Lady Sue Ann Thompson (R- Wisconsin, 1987-2001), Congressman Ron Kind, (D – Wisconsin, 1997-Present), State Senator Dale Schultz (R – Richland Center, 1991-2015), and State Senator Tim Cullen (D – Janesville, 1975-1987, 2011-2015) officially announced their support for Justice Ann Walsh Bradley.

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Law Enforcement Officers Across Wisconsin Endorse Justice Ann Walsh Bradley

Over 100 Sheriffs, Chiefs of Police, and Law Enforcement Officials announce their support for Justice Bradley’s re-election.

For Immediate Release

February 11, 2015

Contact: Kory Kozloski (608) 213-7650

Madison, WI – Wisconsin Supreme Court Justice Ann Walsh Bradley’s campaign today announced the endorsement of over 100 law enforcement leaders from across the state.

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Bradley Campaign Continues Strong Fundraising

Justice Bradley’s Re-Election Campaign Reports over $109,000 raised in January.

For Immediate Release
February 9, 2015

Contact: Kory Kozloski (608) 213-7650

Madison, WI – Wisconsin Supreme Court Justice Ann Walsh Bradley’s re-election campaign announced today that it had raised $109,894 in the month of January, and nearly $400,000 since the campaign began.

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Justice Ann Walsh Bradley Announces Re-Election Campaign

Supreme Court Justice promises to continue standing up for Wisconsin families and preserving fair and independent courts.

For Immediate Release

January 6, 2015

Wausau, WI – Wisconsin Supreme Court Justice Ann Walsh Bradley officially announced her re-election campaign today at the Marathon County Courthouse. Justice Bradley was joined by a large crowd of supporters, law enforcement officials, and family members.

“The people of Wisconsin deserve a Justice who is tough, fair, and independent, with a proven track record of standing up for them,” said Bradley. “That’s exactly the kind of Justice I’ve been for two decades.”

Bradley, who was first elected to Wisconsin’s highest court in 1995 after serving 10 years as a Circuit Court Judge, will be seeking her third term on the Supreme Court.

“After twenty years on the Supreme Court and nearly thirty as a judge, I understand the importance and the critical role of our highest court,” said Bradley. “I will never stop working to defend individual rights, hold our government accountable under the constitution, and protect the people of Wisconsin.”

Bradley also cited Wisconsinites’ growing concern about the influence of big money special interests on the court.

“I’ve spent my career fighting for a fair and non-partisan court system that is beholden to no interest group large or small,” concluded Bradley. “I am dedicated to maintaining a Supreme Court that is fiercely independent. That’s who I am, and what I believe in. And that’s why I am running for re-election.”

Justice Bradley was introduced by Marathon County Sheriff Scott Parks.

“Justice Bradley never backs down when it comes to protecting the people of Wisconsin, defending their rights, and ensuring that everyone gets a fair shake,” said Sheriff Parks. “That’s why she’s received such widespread support from law enforcement.”

Wisconsin Supreme Court Justices are elected in the non-partisan April elections for 10 year terms. Election Day is April 7, 2015.

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Justice Ann Walsh Bradley – 2014 Women in the Law