Court says Wisconsin justice can hear criminal case
MADISON (AP) -- A divided Wisconsin Supreme Court says Justice Michael Gableman does not have to step aside from a case because of an alleged bias against criminal defendants.
Three of Gableman's fellow justices ruled he doesn't have to sit out a case involving Aaron Antonio Allen. Three others said they needed more time to consider the issue and several related questions.
The 3-3 split means a motion filed by Allen's attorney seeking to force Gableman off the case will not be granted. It also means that similar motions filed in a string of other criminal cases will also likely fail.
Defense lawyers have argued that Gableman's statements during his 2008 election campaign demonstrate a bias against defendants and their attorneys.
Gableman has called those allegations "simply wrong" and refused to step aside on his own.
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