The Wisconsin Attorney General, J.B. van Hollen has asked the State Appeals Court to lift Judge Maryann Sumi’s temporary block on implementing the state’s new restrictions on Collective Bargaining. The Court of Appeals asked for the prosecutor’s “side of the case,” by Tuesday. Sumi seems to have a clear reason to have recused herself from this case. Read below about her activist son, Jake Sinderbrand, heavy participation in progressive politics, including former management positions with the AFL-CIO and SEIU.
Justice Department lawyers argued that Dane County Circuit Judge Maryann Sumi’s ruling was an overreach against the Legislature as a separate branch of government. “In the interests of the administration of justice, it is necessary – nay, it is imperative – that this court step forward and undo this inappropriate action,” the request reads.
The law would have become law on March 25th. Judge Sumi asked for a hearing on March 29th. Democrat Secretary of State Doug La Follette is opposed to the new law, but says he can’t remember over the past 30 years, being ordered not to publish a law duly passed by Congress.
In its appeal Monday, the state made several main arguments. First, the state argued that the court has no jurisdiction over GOP legislative leaders being sued or over La Follette because they all enjoy legal immunity.
The state constitution gives legislators immunity from lawsuits during the legislative session. La Follette, the state said, can’t be the subject of a legal action because he wasn’t involved in the committee vote in question.
The big news over the last few days has been the revelation of Judge Sumi’s son, Jake Sinderbrand, as a Wisconsin Democrat activist. As Doug Ross @ Journal put it: Son of Wisconsin Activist Judge Has Anti-Governor Walker Propaganda Littered Throughout His Facebook Page.
The following profile photo is taken directly from Jake Sinderbrand’s Facebook page:
Her son is a political operative who also happens to be a former lead field manager with the AFL-CIO and data manager for the SEIU State Council. Both theSEIU and the AFL-CIO have members who are public-sector employees in Wisconsin. In fact, as a federation, the AFL-CIO can boast of several member-unions that represent public-sector employees. Maryann Sumi is hardly an unbiased judge in the matter.
Freedom Eden has more, and says progressive bloggers are claiming conservatives are “attacking” the Judge by revealing her son’s past and current activism. We know Progressives don’t put much any stock in the truth. Read my original report here.