Today’s read is from WISN’s Dan O’Donnell, writing in the MacIver Institute. Here’s an excerpt:
Does (Wisconsin) still want an independent, impartial judiciary that will fairly and dispassionately base its decisions on the facts presented before it? Or does it want to know years in advance how the most significant issues of the day will be decided?
Janet Protasiewicz, the ultra-liberal Milwaukee County Circuit Court judge who won Tuesday’s Supreme Court primary, offers Wisconsin that choice. She is running not to be a justice, but to destroy the very concept of justice.
As it has been understood for thousands of years of human civilization, justice is the “ethical, philosophical idea that people are to be treated impartially, fairly, properly, and reasonably by the law and by arbiters of the law.” If those arbiters—judges—cannot be impartial or, far worse, refuse to be impartial, then by definition there is injustice.
In the biggest trials or the smallest hearings, the implicit, unwavering, necessary trust is that they will be tried fairly; that everyone who seeks justice will find it in a court of law.
Nowhere is justice more threatened than in Wisconsin, where Protasiewicz has for months promised to abandon any semblance of impartiality…As the deciding vote on what would be a 4-3 liberal majority, Protasiewicz is letting the entire country know that her mind is already made up on the most significant cases that will inevitably come before her.