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Judge denies Wisconsin Chief Justice Abrahamson's request to block new constitutional amendmentSubmitted: 04/09/2015
Judge denies Wisconsin Chief Justice Abrahamson's request to block new constitutional amendment
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MADISON - A federal judge has denied Wisconsin Supreme Court Chief Justice Shirley Abrahamson's request for a temporary restraining order blocking enforcement of a constitutional amendment that could lead to her demotion.



U.S. District Judge James Peterson issued the order on Thursday.

Abrahamson filed a federal lawsuit on Wednesday, seeking to stop the amendment from taking effect until after her term ends in four years. The amendment, approved by voters Tuesday, gives justices on the court the power to choose the chief justice; in the past, the most senior member of the court automatically received the title.

The district court judge says in his order that Abrahamson could revive her request to block immediate enforcement of the law later, but he doesn't think that action will be necessary because he plans for "prompt resolution" of the lawsuit.

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