MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- A county prosecutor is trying to convince the Wisconsin Supreme Court that Republicans should appeal a judge's ruling overturning the state's polarizing union rights law through the normal process.
Republicans have asked the high court to take the case early, but Dane County District Attorney Ismael Ozanne asked the justices during oral arguments Monday to allow the case to follow the usual appeals process. He says that would provide a better record if the case reaches the Supreme Court.
Ozanne filed a lawsuit challenging the law eliminating most of public employees' collective bargaining rights shortly after Republican Gov. Scott Walker signed it. He says Republican legislators violated state law by convening a committee meeting on the proposal without the proper public notice.
MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- Conservative justices on the Wisconsin Supreme Court are questioning the attorney for the judge who struck down Republican Gov. Scott Walker's divisive union law, asking why the judge thought she had the authority to block it from going into effect.102166
Dane County Circuit Judge Maryann Sumi ruled last month that Republicans violated Wisconsin's open meetings law when they met on the measure without proper public notice. She declared the law void -- a ruling state attorneys have asked the Supreme Court to overturn.
Justice Michael Gableman asked during Monday's oral arguments how Sumi reconciled her order with prohibitions on legislating from the bench. Sumi's attorney, Marie Stanton, replied the Legislature invited the courts to play a role when it adopted the open meetings law.
Gableman asked where judges' authority stops.
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