Retired Wisconsin Supreme Court justices look for referendum support
To the Editor:
We are writing as three retired justices of the Wisconsin Supreme Court and are respectfully asking that voters across the State of Wisconsin take the time to understand the importance of the referendum question on the ballot.
We hope you will agree with us that a YES VOTE in favor of the constitutional amendment is important and merits your vote. The constitutional amendment will permit members of the Wisconsin Supreme Court to select who will represent them as chief justice.
Did you know that Wisconsin is one of only five states that select its chief justice based on seniority alone? In 22 states, the chief justice is selected by his or her fellow justices. This permits the court to work in a more collegial fashion than the Wisconsin Supreme Court is permitted to do.
This is not a partisan issue. We three were not elected under the partisan flag of any party. However, we believe that the present constitutional provision that controls who will serve as chief justice is antiquated and must be amended, so that the chief justice will be selected by fellow justices.
Although we served as justices on the Wisconsin Supreme Court at different times, we all strongly support the constitutional amendment. Democracy is best. We urge you to vote “yes” on April 7.
/s/ Justice Jon P. Wilcox, served from 1992-2007
/s/ Justice Louis J. Ceci, served from 1982-1993
/s/ Justice William G. Callow, served from 1977-1992