Conservatives can re-imagining justice, too!
31 entries on the suspect’s rap sheet since 2014!
Sometimes, even us Republicans come up with good ideas. (Something about that blind squirrel, we suppose.)
Dane County Republicans Saturday 04-17-21 proposed a state constitutional amendment allowing voters to, in essence, vote No Confidence in a circuit judge. Eight of Dane County’s 17 circuit judges appeared on the April 6 non-partisan ballot. Not a one was opposed. Think about it: What attorney is going to run against an incumbent judge? One before whom you might be arguing a case some day?
It is called a Retention election. Alaska, Colorado, Iowa, Nebraska, New Mexico, Utah, and Wyoming use it for all judges, including their state supreme courts. It’s a binary, up or down, yes or no system.
If voters were displeased at the revolving door policy of, say, juvenile court judge Everett Mitchell (who was not up this time around), they could vote no confidence and remove him from the bench, clearing the way for a better judge. Some jurisdictions require a super majority of 60% votes to keep the judge on the bench. Our circuit judges serve 6-year terms, so could hold the retention vote every three years — including the election year if no challenger emerges.
Off hand, we can think of only one time an incumbent judge in Dane County drew opposition. Well respected Jack Aulik of Sun Prairie (my father’s attorney and fishing buddy) challenged a child appointed by Gov. Tony Earl and defeated her in 1986. Serving until 1998, Jack went on to create the states’ first drug court.
→ Of course, more consequential would be replacing District Attorney Ismael Ozanne, a Democrat who is one of those “woke” prosecutors allowing crime to flourish in places like San Francisco, Chicago, and Philadelphia. We failed to convince retired Madison police chief Mike Koval (he holds a law degree) to make that race last November. Madison can have the best police officers possible (and we do) but prosecutors who don’t prosecute and judges who spin the revolving door undo public safety.
Who let the dogs out!
The latest evidence is the alleged perp racing down a leafy street here in Orchard Ridge Tuesday 04-13-21 shooting at a woman in the car ahead, who was fleeing for her life. On a street facing two elementary schools! Her back window was shot out, she took a bullet in the face. (“Progressive priorities are killing Madison.”)
One of two charged with attempted first-degree murder is Steven L. Price Jr., age 24, reputedly the baby daddy of the victim’s child. Sweet.
This Price-less fellow also faces seven counts of felony bail jumping and two counts of misdemeanor bail jumping, several as acts of domestic abuse. The victim took a bullet because she complained the guy was not paying child support. (The criminal case here.) Here is Price’s State of Wisconsin rap sheet:
We count 31 entries. His preliminary hearing is scheduled 10:40 a.m. Friday 04-23-21 in Courtroom 1A. Cash bail has been set at $300,000 THIS TIME! Watch that amount get reduced.
Blaska’s Bottom Line: Would more restorative justice help? How about defunding the police? Call a social worker instead of a cop? The guy has UNMET NEEDS!