Monday, July 13, 2009

Supreme Court deadlocked

I would prefer spirited debate and 3-3 deadlocks over 7-0 rulings...wouldn't you?
MADISON, Wis. (AP) - Some lawyers say they are disappointed the Wisconsin Supreme Court has refused to issue rulings in a number of recent cases after reviewing them for months.

In one case, the justices deadlocked 3-3 after a member recused herself. In three others since March, they said they shouldn't have taken the cases at all.

The non-decisions have disappointed lawyers looking for legal guidance on issues ranging from the open meetings law to corporate governance, as well as clients who had hoped for resolutions.

Former Justice Janine Geske, a law professor at Marquette University, says that in each case the court had "technical, legal reasons" for declining to rule. But she says the number of such cases is unusual this year for reasons that are unclear.
To me it shows the importance of these issues, and the necessary discussion and consideration that goes into these decisions.

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