A Court Unbound? The Recent Jurisprudence of the Wisconsin Supreme Court

By Richard Esenberg
March 20, 2007
Public commentary about the Wisconsin Supreme Court as "activist" began in the wake of the 2004-05 term, the first term following the resignation of Justice Diane Sykes (appointed to the Seventh Circuit by President Bush) and her replacement by Justice Louis Butler, a trial court judge in Milwaukee and former public defender, by Democratic Governor Jim Doyle. After a series of decisions expanding the ability of plaintiffs to recover damages in various ways, the Wall Street Journal ran an editorial referring to Wisconsin as "Alabama North," a magnet for trial lawyers...