Scott Walker’s Record on Justice System Issues

For Gov. Scott Walker the justice system is not about ensuring all are equal before the law, but rather how can he manipulate the system for the benefit of his political career and the special interests that underwrite him. In fact he kicked off his first term as Governor by introducing as his first bill legislation to roll back consumer’s ability to hold corporations and special interests liable for injuries they may cause by their negligence. He even tried to pass a law that would provide immunity from liability for drug manufacturers.

And Walker hasn’t just restricted himself to changing the laws about the courts, he’s tried to shape who’s making the decisions, supporting efforts to elect conservative judges and even going so far as change the state constitution to remove the sitting Chief Justice of the Wisconsin Supreme Court.

In a particularly petulant stunt revealing the partisan lens that filters Walker’s view of the justice system he threatened to stop appointing judges to fill vacancies in the Democratic stronghold of Dane County because his nominees failed to win re-election.

The Supreme Court, with Justice Bradley abstaining, voted to hear several appeals related to the criminal investigation of collusion between the Walker's campaign and outside groups. []

For the years in which Federal IRS records are available for both the Bradley Foundation and WILL, 2011 and 2012, Bradley funds accounted for over 90 percent of the total money WILL reported raising. []

MADISON, Wis. — In early February, Gov. Scott Walker announced he had “lawyered-up” in the ongoing criminal investigation of his administration, retaining two high profile criminal defense attorneys. His continuing refusal to... []

Walker signed into law a bill which would limit attorneys’ fees to three times the amount of compensatory damages. (2011 September Special Session SB 12, introduced 10/11/11; Senate Roll Call; Assembly Roll... []

Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker (R-WI) signed into law today Special Session Senate Bill 1, legislation aimed at reforming the state’s civil justice system. The American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC) commended newly-elected Gov.... []