Judge Warns Rogue Walker Gang Consequences of ‘Willful Defiance’ of Court Order
March 30, 2011
(ChattahBox Political News)—Dane County Circuit Judge Maryann Sumi warned the lawless administration of Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker (R) she will hit them with sanctions, if they continue to willfully defy her court order enjoining implementation of Walker’s controversial union-busting bill. Yesterday’s court hearing exposed the thuggish actions of Senate Majority Leader Scott Fitzgerald (R), in bullying officials with the Legislative Reference Bureau to print the bill electronically in defiance of state law, Judge Sumi’s Temporary Restraining Order, and a directive from Secretary of State Doug La Follette. A law-breaking trifecta. Judge Sumi was not happy with the behavior of Walker’s goon squad and issued an amended TRO enjoining implementation of the bill, again. Under the threat of sanctions, one would think Walker’s crew would be properly chastened. Think again. Minutes after the judge’s ruling yesterday, Assistant Attorney General Steven Means declared the union-stripping bill is “absolutely” the law of the land in Wisconsin.
The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reports:
“For the second time in less than two weeks, a Dane County judge Tuesday issued an order blocking the implementation of Gov. Scott Walker’s plan to curb collective bargaining for public workers.” [...]
“Further implementation of the act is enjoined,” Sumi said.
“Apparently that language was either misunderstood or ignored, but what I said was the further implementation of Act 10 was enjoined. That is what I now want to make crystal clear.”
Judge Sumi stopped short of declaring the bill is not law due to allegations of an open meeting violation, saying testimony on the underlying issue will resume on Friday.
But the Walker administration would face sanctions, if Walker goes forward with implementing the bill as law.
“Now that I’ve made my earlier order as clear as it possibly can be, I must state that those who act in open and willful defiance of the court order place not only themselves at peril of sanctions, they also jeopardize the financial and the governmental stability of the state of Wisconsin,” Sumi said.
The Walker administration is still playing it fast and loose.
“The Department of Administration is still evaluating the judge’s order,” said Department of Administration Secretary Mike Huebsch in a statement. “We will continue to confer with our legal counsel and have more information about how to move forward in the near future.”
Mike Tate, chairman of Wisconsin’s Democratic Party, perfectly described the Walker administration’s disdain for the rule of law.
“Judge Sumi’s order is a clear rebuke of the lawless reign of Scott Walker. He and his Republican lapdogs have behaved as laws unto themselves in their union-busting state-rending power grab. At the end of the day, the law will prevail and the Constitution will endure, said Tate in a statement.
Meanwhile, the campaign to recall eight Republican state senators who voted for the union-busting bill is gaining momentum. Gov. Walker can’t be recalled until he has spent at least one-year in office.
To get a real sense of the lawless behind-the-scenes shenanigans of Scott Fitzgerald and his supporters, watch the testimony of the Legislative Reference Bureau’s deputy chief of staff Cathlene Hanaman: