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Battle over who is Wisconsin chief justice returns to court

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MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- The legal fight over who is chief justice of the Wisconsin Supreme Court is returning to a federal courtroom.

U.S. District Judge James Peterson scheduled a hearing Friday to hear arguments in the case. Longtime Chief Justice Shirley Abrahamson is arguing that she can't be removed as chief justice until her term ends in four years.

She says a constitutional amendment approved by voters last month giving justices the power to pick who is chief can't be applied to her midterm. She wants the judge to block its implementation.

But four of the justices already voted to make Justice Patience Roggensack chief justice. They are asking the judge to dismiss Abrahamson's lawsuit.

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