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Roggensack spars with Abrahamson in public meeting


MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- The private sparring among Wisconsin Supreme Court justices is spilling over into public during an open meeting to discuss court rules.

Chief Justice Patience Roggensack presided over Wednesday's meeting, with former longtime Chief Justice Shirley Abrahamson sitting next to her.

At one point, Roggensack tells Abrahamson twice that she is out of order for trying to debate a topic while Roggensack wants to move on.

Roggensack tells Abrahamson, "I never did this to you when you operated as chief justice."

That prompts Abrahamson to shoot back: "But I never silenced anyone."

Abrahamson has filed a federal lawsuit challenging Roggensack's election as chief by the conservative majority of the court.

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