Following on the heels of endorsements from two former Supreme Court Justices, the Gableman for Supreme Court campaign today announced that 50 police chiefs from every corner of the state have now endorsed the Burnett County Judge for the state's highest court.
Judge Gableman said the large number of law enforcement endorsements reinforces his message that voters desire a Justice that will not create loopholes for criminal defendants to exploit.
"It's a tremendous honor to have the support of so many police chiefs and law enforcement officials from across our great state," said Judge Gableman. "My message of applying the plain language of the law in a fair and balanced manner, and not tying the hands of those working to keep our communities safe, is clearly resonating."
Judge Gableman enjoys the endorsement of a bi-partisan majority of district attorneys and sheriffs in the state, as well as the Wisconsin Sheriffs and Deputy Sheriffs Association.
Judge Gableman has more 10 times as many sheriffs' endorsements as his opponent and nearly twice as many district attorney endorsements.
Judge Gableman is the only candidate for the Supreme Court with prosecutorial experience. His opponent, Justice Louis Butler, was a long-time criminal defense lawyer who ran for the Court in 2000 and lost by a 2-1 margin. Butler was appointed to the Court in 2004.
Butler's appointment to the Court and subsequent activist votes have resulted in a series of controversial criminal case rulings and opinions including:
State v. Dubose: Butler voted to prohibit law enforcement from asking crime victims and witnesses to identify a suspect at or near a crime scene unless it was "necessary". His decision makes it more difficult for police officers to investigate crimes.