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Bloggers use son to attack judge in union bargaining case
By Jason Stein of the Journal Sentinel
March 21, 2011 11:31 a.m.
Madison -- In a sign of how contentious the struggle over Gov. Scott Walker’s union bargaining law remains, conservative bloggers are using a Dane County judge’s son to criticize her ruling against the measure.
On Friday, Dane County Circuit Judge Maryann Sumi issued a temporary restraining order to block the implementation of Walker’s law, which repeals most union bargaining for public employees. Sumi was appointed to the bench in 1998 by then GOP Gov. Tommy Thompson.
But conservative blogs have been noting that Sumi’s son, Jacob Sinderbrand, worked in the past for labor unions and questioning whether that could in some way influence Sumi’s judgment.
In a brief statement, Sumi dismissed the criticism.
"My kids are adults, they are independent, and they lead their own lives. I do not consult my family about my decisions," Sumi said.
In a brief interview Monday, Sinderbrand also dismissed those criticisms, saying that it had been more than two years since he had worked for the Service Employees International Union and the AFL-CIO.
“I have no current affiliation with any of the unions and I don’t depend on the unions for any of my livelihood,” Sinderbrand said. “…I think that has no bearing on the case. My mom did not consult me on what her decision would be and I did not advise on it.”
The state Code of Judicial Conduct says simply, “A judge may not allow family, social, political or other relationships to influence the judge's judicial conduct or judgment.” The code also notes that judges should avoid situations in which family members including children have a financial stake in the outcome of a case.
Do we need to do an Open Records Request to make sure she didn’t talk to her son on this issue?
How did they get a hold of County Circuit Judge Maryann Sumi on vacation?
Odd that Sinderbrand removed his webpage if there isn’t a conflict.
Thank God for Google Cache:
A lifelong political activist, Jake Sinderbrand got his start as a volunteer doorknocker, and has years of experience training both volunteers and canvassing staff. Jake graduated from Macalester College cum laude with a degree in political science, specializing in American political structures. He has developed his professional political experience serving as a lead field manager with the AFL-CIO and as data manager for the SEIU State Council through the 2008 election cycle. Jake's expertise in canvass planning and turf strategy helped these organizations to have among the most successful field operations in Minnesota.
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