Ziegler uses 'gut check' instead of following judicial code of ethical conduct

This story gets more disturbing every day.

Supreme Court candidate Annette Ziegler, who's heard 45 cases involving a bank for which her husband is a director, has not followed the judicial code of ethics set by the high court she wants to join. She has her own system to decide when to disclose a conflict of interest or take herself off the case: a "gut check."

That from someone who says she's a "strict constructionist" when it comes to interpreting the law and the constitution. The reports:

SPRING GREEN - In two campaign stops Monday, Supreme Court candidate Annette Ziegler repeatedly defended her choice as a circuit judge to preside over dozens of cases involving a bank with which she had personal and financial ties. Ziegler said she uses a "gut check" to decide if she has a conflict of interest. Her husband's position on the bank's board of directors didn't affect her judgment in the cases, she said.


March 6, 2007 - 9:47am