Republicans can’t simply remove a Wisconsin Supreme Court justice

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A story dispelling the speculation that Republicans could simply remove Supreme Court justices because they disagree with their decisions. One way the Legislature could do so is impeachment, which only requires a majority of the Assembly and a two-thirds majority of the Senate, which Republicans have. However, impeachment is reserved for civil officers who commit crimes or acts of corruption. A justice could be removed for violations of judicial ethics under a separate constitutional provision called “address,” but that would require two-thirds of both chambers of the Legislature, which Republicans don’t have. Originally published on April 6, 2023.

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