2nd District Court of Appeals Judge Lori Kornblum launched the first ads of her campaign today, slamming opponent Maria Lazar for sentencing a convicted rapist to 11 months in jail instead of prosecutors’ recommended seven years in prison.

Kornblum’s campaign said the ads are the initial piece of a six-week ad buy ahead of the April 5 election. The ads will run on broadcast, cable and digital channels in the 12 counties that make up the Waukesha-based 2nd District. Kornblum was appointed by Gov. Tony Evers. Lazar in 2015 won her seat uncontested.

The ads target Lazar, a Waukesha County judge, for sentencing a former federal agent from Oconomowoc — David Scharlat — to nine months in the Waukesha County jail and two months on work release. Sharlat was convicted of five counts of felony sexual assault. Lazar imposed and stayed a longer sentence of four years confinement and three years extended probation.

Both ads reference a comment from Lazar that, “This is not a case where Mr. Scharlat broke into someone’s home, held a knife to someone’s neck he didn’t know and raped her.”

Both ads charge Lazar with failing to protect citizens from criminals.

The narrator in the digital version charges Lazar “sides with criminals, not us.” The narrator in the TV version charges Wisconsin families “can’t trust” Lazar because she “let a vicious rapist go free after only a few months in jail.” The spot then calls Kornblum a “better choice.”

“Judge Kornblum respects the rule of law and all who come before her,” the narrator says to close the spot. “Judge Lori Kornblum for Court of Appeals: the best choice to keep us safe.”

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