Monday, June 21, 2010

Court: Party membership is First Amendment right - WISCONSIN LAW JOURNAL

Court: Party membership is First Amendment right
by David Ziemer

Wisconsin’s judges may join political parties.

Writing for the Seventh Circuit on June 14, Judge John D. Tinder concluded, “The state does not have a compelling interest in preventing candidates from announcing their views on legal or political issues, let alone prohibiting them from announcing those views by proxy.”

However, the court reversed in part the lower court opinion by Judge Barbara Crabb. The court held that the state may prohibit judges from endorsing partisan candidates for office and from personally soliciting campaign contributions.

Erik Guenther and Larry Dupuis authored a brief in support of the American Civil Liberties Union of Wisconsin as amicus curiae, in Siefert v. Alexander, No. 09-1713, 2010 WL 2346659 (7th Cir., 2010).

The full article is available here.


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