Being a member of the judiciary is a privilege and serving the public on the Wisconsin Supreme Court is a distinct honor. As Chief Justice John Roberts reminded us recently, criticism may come with being a judge, but there is a difference between debating the merits of a decision and reckless rhetoric.
Attacks on the integrity of the court strike at the heart of the judicial system. Such language risks undermining the court’s legitimacy with parties, attorneys, and the public. Judges and those seeking judicial office must be mindful and act with the decorum appropriate to the office.