**UPDATE** April 1, 2011: Judge Sumi’s husband, Carl Sinderbrand donated to the campaigns of three of the “Badger 14″: Dave Hansen, Jim Holperin and Robert Wirch. Additionally Sinderbrand donated to Tom Barrett in his fight against Scott Walker for the governorship.
March 18, 2011: In the appeal, Van Hollen argues that Sumi has no jurisdiction over state lawmakers or Wisconsin’s secretary of state, all of whom have sovereign immunity. Sumi’s order bars Wisconsin Secretary of State Douglas La Follette from publishing the new law.
“The (Wisconsin) Supreme Court has repeatedly held that a court may not void any act of the Legislature for alleged failure to follow a non-constitutional rule of legislative process,” Van Hollen’s brief states. “As applied to legislative acts, the Open Meetings law is such a rule of process.”
In a separate news release, Van Hollen said, “the court may not interfere with the legislative process and enjoin the publication of a bill as the last step in the legislative process. … Courts may only evaluate whether constitutional procedural requirements were met.”
Judge Maryann Sumi placed a “temporary” hold on Governor Walker’s bill today, March 18, 2011. This is also the same judge who would not enforce a law that does not allow state workers to strike, as a result WI school children must spend extra time in classes everyday for the remainder of the school year because the TEACHERS failed to come to work in order to PROTEST.
This is not Judge Maryann Sumi’s first kick at this can:
“The [Madison school] district asked the judge (Sumi) to impose a temporary restraining order to bar teachers from participating in further work stoppages. It referred to the teachers’ protests in the capital as a strike, which are illegal under state law. The judge refused to categorize the work stoppage as a strike and said that the district could not prove irreparable harm had been caused by the teachers.
Ironic considering children have to now stay extra EVERYDAY until the end of the school year becausae these teachers STOPPED WORKING in order to STRIKE! This also means PARENTS are HARMED because now they have to alter THEIR schedules in order to accommdate the STRIKE these teachers engaged in!
Interesting rulings, especially considering who is pumping money into her campaign?
Judge Maryann Sumi should have recused herself entirely from the Wisconsin battle due to her inability to be neutral in this case. You see, Maryann Sumi has a clear conflict of interest. Her son is a political operative who also happens to be a former lead field manager with the AFL-CIO and data manager for the SEIU State Council. Both the SEIU and the AFL-CIO have members who are public-sector employees in Wisconsin. In fact, as a federation, the AFL-CIO can boast of several member-unions that represent public-sector employees. Maryann Sumi is hardly an unbiased judge in the matter.
While FreedomEden has screenshots of Sinderbrand’s facebook page, one ironic twist to this whole sordid affair is that Maryann Sumi apparently gave a speech in 2007 entitled “Judicial Decision Making: Activism or Accountability?”
Clearly, both Sumi and her son are activists, which is why Sumi should be removed from the entire Wisconsin matter.
Sumi’s son is a leader of union organizations that are DIRECTLY involved with the case. SEIU is national, doesn’t matter where in the country you are. He also wrote that it’s time to get these “f**ers” out, referring directly to Walker. Thomas’s wife’s political bent isn’t in the same category. Think Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s life partner (if she isn’t single) agrees with her? I have experience with the law, and I’m merely explaining where you’re wrong. (I know some of you WILL NOT accept it.)
Here is the “official ballot for April 5, 2011“. Who do you suppose may be bank rolling for her, or her judicial friends?
To add insult to injury, District Attorney of Dane County, WI was NEVER elected rather he was appointed by the out going Democrat Governor Jim Doyle in July 2010 with this moronic comment and apparently preferential treatment NOT based on experience and expertise: “As far as we can tell, he’s the frist African America district attorney-not just in Dane County but the entire state…” .
I mean really?
***Democrat Governor Appointing Corrupt Attorney’s to Judicial Positions who knowingly LIED in Court and were caught?***
Remember, Wisconsin State Laws state that only a 2 hour notice must be given in order to vote on laws if there are circumstances that do not permit a 24 hour notice. 14 Democrats running and hiding in another state for almost 4 weeks instead of doing their jobs is circumstances that warrant only a 2 hour notice.