Saturday, August 14, 2010

GAB: "Judges"? Or Traffic-Court Rejects?


The Government Accountability Board consists of 6 retired judges: Gordon Myse, Thomas Barland, Gerald Nichol, Michael Brennan, Thomas Cane, and David Deininger.

Wisconsin taxpayers paid these guys for their smarts in Wisconsin law, which should entail a passing knowledge of the Wisconsin Constitution.

Apparently the Wisconsin taxpayers made a big mistake.

Piling on to an agreement already reached in a federal lawsuit, a divided state Supreme Court put a freeze late Friday on a state rule regulating political ads and messages in the run-up to elections...

The "judges" listed above attempted to abrogate the First Amendment to the US Constitution, not to mention the Wisconsin Constitution, specifically this part:

Every person may freely speak, write and publish his sentiments on all subjects, being responsible for the abuse of that right, and no laws shall be passed to restrain or abridge the liberty of speech or of the press. --Art 1, Section 3

The GAB rule was SO bad that the GAB caved on enforcing it in Federal Court even before the District judge accepted the case--and it was SO bad that SCOWI granted an injunction against enforcing it before even hearing the case.

Maybe these guys' careers shoulda stopped at traffic court.

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