Byline: Erika Strebel, firstname.lastname@example.org
Justice Shirley Abrahamson has withdrawn herself from three more cases pending before the Wisconsin Supreme Court.
Ahead of arguments in Tuesday's first case, State v. Emmanuel Earl Trammell, Chief Justice Pat Roggensack told lawyers and observers in the hearing room that Abrahamson's chair was empty because she had decided not to participate in the case.
Before arguments in the second case started, Roggensack announced that only five justices would be sitting on the case, noting that the seats occupied by Abrahamson and Justice Ann Walsh Bradley were empty because both justices withdrawn themselves from the case.
In a break between the first and second cases, Roggensack had the marshal move down the court's name tags so that Justices Dan Kelly and Annette Zielger were sitting immediately to Roggensack's right side, with Ziegler sitting in Abrahamson's seat and Kelly sitting in Ziegler's seat. To Roggensack's left, Justice Rebecca Bradley moved to Ann Walsh Bradley's seat, and Justice Rebecca Dallet sat in Rebecca Bradley's seat. Roggensack said she made the changes to make the arrangement easier for the advocates to deal with.
For the third case of the day, Enbridge Energy Co. Inc. v. Dane County, Ann...