Justice Wilcox to Retire
Last summer, Wilcox wrote one of two dissenting opinions to a 4-2 Supreme Court decision that allowed a Milwaukee teenager with lead poisoning to pursue a case against a number of companies that made lead paint, even though the teen doesn't know which is responsible for his injuries. His dissent said the majority's opinion would have "drastic consequences" for those doing business in the state.The concerns in his dissents were echoed by Judge Diane Sykes in her recent speech at Marquette.
Wilcox also opposed a decision that threw out limits on pain and suffering damages in medical malpractice cases.
Those decisions are cited by some who say that Wisconsin's liability climate is slipping.
Speaking of concerns, I'm concerned about who will be replacing Justice Wilcox...
Madison attorney Linda Clifford already intended to run for the Supreme Court in 2007 and said Tuesday that Wilcox's retirement doesn't change her plans.I'm worried about the direction that the WISC is going. Supreme Court elections don't exactly capture the public's attention. Justices who run for re-election rarely get defeated. I think that an open race like this is full of opportunity. It will also be important for the shifting ideological balance of the Court. Will it keep shifting in the direction that it has, or will this election hold the line?
Jim Pugh, spokesman for business trade group Wisconsin Manufacturers & Commerce, said he expected that the business community would seek to recruit a candidate with a philosophy similar to Wilcox's to fill his seat.