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Roggensack says she felt ‘blindsided’ by chief justice 


By DINESH RAMDE
Associated Press

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — A proposal by the Wisconsin Supreme Court chief justice has drawn a distrustful response from at least one colleague.

Chief Justice Shirley Abrahamson proposed Wednesday that four justices not be considered a quorum unless their meeting were previously listed on the court calendar.

She said she wants to avoid a hypothetical situation in which four justices reach some sort of decision on their own and then insist that the chief justice implement it.

Justice Annette Ziegler said she didn’t understand where the proposal was coming from. Abrahamson replied that she just didn’t want any misunderstandings going forward and that the justices should judge the proposal on its merits.

Justice Patience Roggensack said she felt “blindsided.” She said she knew Abrahamson was hiding something.

The proposal was tabled without a vote.

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