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Republican Party files ethics complaint against voter ID judge

Dan O'Donnell

Republican Party files ethics complaint against voter ID judge

By Dan O'Donnell. CREATED Mar 7, 2012

MADISON - The Republican Party of Wisconsin on Wednesday filed a complaint against Dane County Circuit Court Judge David Flanagan with the state Judicial Commission, a party spokesman confirmed.

Judge Flanagan granted a temporary injunction Tuesday halting the implementation of Wisconsin's voter identification law, but it was learned soon afterward that Flanagan had signed a recall petition against Governor Walker.

"The Republican Party is requesting that a full investigation be conducted into the failure of Judge Flanagan to maintain the appearance of impartiality in the Voter ID case before his court," Republican Party Communications Director Ben Sparks said.  "Governor Walker is listed as a defendant in the case, and by signing a petition to recall the Governor, Judge Flanagan made his bias clear."

"As such, we urge the Wisconsin Judicial Commission to take up this matter and investigate these allegations as soon as possible."