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LETTER: Writer backs Gableman for Supreme Court

To the Editor:

On April 1, 2008, the voters throughout the State of Wisconsin will have an opportunity to vote for a Supreme Court justice that believes it is the job of a judge to apply the plain meaning of law, not legislate from the bench.

This candidate is Judge Michael Gableman. Judge Gableman is currently a Circuit Court judge, has served as an Assistant District Attorney, District Attorney, Administrative Judge, Adjunct Professor of Law, Deputy Corporation Counsel and private practice attorney.

Judge Gableman was first appointed Burnett County Circuit Court judge in 2002 and was overwhelmingly elected to the bench in 2003 with 78 percent of the vote. The judge has been endorsed by 51 sheriffs - his opponent has been endorsed by five sheriffs. Gableman also has the support of a vast majority of district attorneys across this state - both Democrat and Republican. Some interest groups may try to fool the people of this state, but the law enforcement community knows Judge Gableman is tough on crime and his background is that of a longstanding prosecutor.

It is the belief of Judge Gableman that justice comes from administering the law with an understanding that its source is the consent of the governed, not one's own personal ideology. He will not legislate from the bench. The Court has a different role than the Legislature and the Governor.

Prior to being appointed as the interim Supreme Court Justice, Gableman's opponent was a criminal defense lawyer. In 2000 he ran for the Supreme Court and lost 65 percent to 35 percent. His judicial philosophy and record were rejected by this state.

It takes experience to be a judge. I know Judge Gableman has that experience. Please vote April 1 for Michael Gableman to be your next Wisconsin Supreme Court Justice.

Pat Peterson