On Wednesday, August 30, 2023, News-Press Now reported a fierce battle unfolding in Wisconsin, where liberal activists are staunchly opposing Republican attempts to remove a Wisconsin Supreme Court justice from a pivotal redistricting case. The outcome of this case holds immense significance for the future of electoral maps in the state.

Liberal groups have taken legal action, arguing that Republicans are trying to undermine the election of a Democratic-backed Wisconsin Supreme Court Justice Janet Protasiewicz by demanding her recusal from redistricting lawsuits. Lawyers representing the liberal side in two separate redistricting cases have strongly objected to the Republican-controlled Legislature’s call for Protasiewicz to step aside. They maintain that there is neither a legal nor ethical obligation for Protasiewicz to recuse herself, despite her campaign comments expressing concerns about the “rigged” nature of the current maps and her acceptance of substantial financial support from the Wisconsin Democratic Party.

The motion, filed by liberal law firms, including Law Forward, Stafford Rosenbaum, the Election Law Clinic at Harvard Law School, Campaign Legal Center, and the Arnold & Porter law firm, asserts that Republicans are attempting to nullify election results and selectively appoint justices after failing to influence the electoral outcome through gerrymandering.

Justice Protasiewicz, a recent addition to the liberal majority on the Wisconsin Supreme Court, has emerged as a central figure in the redistricting lawsuits. Republicans argue in their recusal motion that Protasiewicz has already formed biased opinions that may favor the redrawing of more Democratic-friendly maps.

The Republican-controlled Legislature has even gone so far as to threaten impeachment proceedings against Justice Protasiewicz should she choose to preside over the redistricting cases. With a majority in both the Assembly and the Senate, Republicans possess the votes necessary to move forward with impeachment, intensifying the political tensions surrounding Wisconsin’s redistricting issue.

Critics contend that Wisconsin’s current Assembly districts are among the most gerrymandered in the nation, leading to Republicans consistently winning an excessive number of seats compared to their average vote share. The outcomes of these redistricting lawsuits have the potential to reshape Wisconsin’s political landscape, with potential implications for the 2024 election and beyond.

The Wisconsin Supreme Court has not yet reached a decision on whether it will hear the redistricting challenges. Ultimately, the decision rests with Justice Protasiewicz, who must determine whether to recuse herself from the cases or proceed with hearing them. The resolution of this legal battle carries far-reaching consequences, impacting Wisconsin’s electoral system and the balance of power between political parties in the state.

 

Source: News-Press Now