Why Rhonda Lanford is the Progressive's Choice for Dane County Judge

I am supporting  Rhonda Lanford in the Dane County Judicial race.  This race has state wide importance since many cases challenging legislative acts are filed in Dane County.  We need a judge who shares the judicial philosophy of Justice Shirley Abrahamson, Justice Ann Walsh Bradley and Justice N. Patrick Crooks when it comes to the balance of powers of the three branches of government.  The only candidate who shares these values in the Dane County judicial race is Rhonda Lanford. 

Rhonda Lanford has a stellar history – coming from a humble beginning using hard work and determination, she graduated from UW Madison Law School.  There she held the esteemed position of editor-in-chief of the Wisconsin Law Review.  She has represented hundreds of clients in circuit court and argued cases before the Wisconsin Court of Appeals, Wisconsin Supreme Court and Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals.  In 2012 Rhonda Lanford was named Super Lawyer by Wisconsin Law and Politics, and has an AV® rating from Martindale-Hubbbell putting her in the top 5% of attorneys nationwide.

Rhonda’s opponent in the judicial race is Rebecca St. John who was appointed by Governor Walker to the bench in September 2012.  St. John’s judicial application for her appointment can be found at         https://docs.google.com/file/d/0B3El7ZE_0hTBZmtGOER0dGY4ZWc/edit 

St. John expressed her view that the BEST case decided in the last 30 years was one written by Justice Gableman and joined by Justice Roggensack and the other two conservatives on the bench (Prosser joined and concurred) - State v. Dimitri Henley.  (See page 28 of St. John’s application).  St. John thought it was the best case because, among other things, the court affirmed “the legislature’s proper authority to construct and limit the mechanisms by which the judiciary appropriately exercise it’s power.”  Conversely, St. John disagrees with the dissenting opinion written by Justice Crooks and joined by Justice Abrahamson and Justice Bradley who objected to the majority opinion that so limited judiciary authority and ignored “the Wisconsin Constitution's grant of broad inherent authority to the circuit court.”  (Henley, 2010 WI 97, at ¶ 111) http://www.wicourts.gov/sc/opinion/DisplayDocument.pdf?content=pdf&seqNo=52478

Do we want a judge with the judicial philosophy that courts have the power to overturn legislative acts such as the Voter ID bill recently blocked by a Dane County Judge or do we want one who thinks as St. John does that only in the rare case should legislative acts be overturned?

We have a clear choice on April 2.  If you are a progressive, vote for the only candidate who shares the judicial philosophy of Justices Abrahamson, Bradley and Crooks – Vote for Rhonda Lanford.

Bev Jambois
Attorney at Law


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