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The GWC Smear Ad

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Location: Burnett County, WI

The Gableman for Supreme Court campaign today released the entire list of
Judge Gableman's cases that have been appealed, which demonstrate the Greater Wisconsin Committee's (GWC) ad "Bottom" to be patently false. The new GWC television ad states, "And Gableman's decisions are ruled incorrect and overturned by higher courts about 1/3 of the time."

Judge Gableman's actual record and reversal rate is as follows:
23,545 cases presided over.
44 cases have been appealed.
Of the 44 appealed cases:
o 23 cases affirmed.
o 13 cases dismissed.
o 6 cases reversed.
o 2 cases affirmed in part/reversed in part.

Judge Gableman has been reversed 6 times in 23,544 cases (.02%). Even of the 44 appealed cases, 77% of them have been affirmed and only 13% have been reversed - not 33% as the GWC falsely claims.

Darrin Schmitz, Gableman for Supreme Court campaign consultant, said the GWC is purposefully peddling a lie regarding Judge Gableman's record because Louis Butler's anti-law enforcement decisions are indefensible.

"Louis Butler cannot defend his decision to strip prosecutors of the ability to keep dangerous inmates behind bars or his vote to ban police officers from asking a witness to ID a suspect near a crime scene," said Schmitz. "The men and women of law enforcement should be the ones doing the handcuffing. But Louis Butler has handcuffed their efforts to fight crime with activist rulings and legal loopholes."

Louis Butler was a criminal defense lawyer before becoming a judge and was appointed to the state's highest court after losing the 2000 Supreme Court election by a 2-1 margin. His appointment and subsequent activist votes resulted in a series of controversial criminal case rulings and opinions:

State v. Stenklyft: Butler's vote reversed a state law that gave prosecutors the right to veto an inmate's petition for early release. The ruling prohibits prosecutors from using this tool to keep violent criminals, drug dealers, sex offenders and other criminals from being released early.

State v. Dubose: Butler's vote prohibited 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.

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