The Capital Times: Abrahamson is the Right Choice
by Mark Thomsen
March 25, 2009

Dear Editor: Hardworking, fair and independent describe Wisconsin Supreme Court Chief Justice Shirley Abrahamson. She has shown the kind of judgment and judicial independence that we expect in Wisconsin.

That's why over 250 judges across the state have endorsed Abrahamson. She brings impartiality, fairness, strength and excellence to the court. She has worked tirelessly to make the state court system better for average Wisconsinites. Her accomplishments resonate at the local level, and recognition of them has reached the national level.

Abrahamson's campaign has a broad base of support from business and labor, law enforcement, farm and city, and Republicans, Democrats and independents. She continues to run a positive campaign, despite the effort of her opponent to drag the race into the mud.

Abrahamson has worked with the FBI and the U.S. Department of Justice on criminal justice projects. She has served as president of the Conference of Chief Justices, an organization that brings all 50 states and territories together on judicial issues, and chaired the National Institute of Justice's National Commission on the future of DNA evidence.

Abrahamson has authored more than 450 majority opinions and participated in more than 3,500 written decisions of the court, and she has written extensively on victims' rights, criminal law and the need for judicial independence and integrity.

Abrahamson has been featured in the "Great (Top 100) American Judges: An Encyclopedia" (2003), and has been honored with several awards.

We are fortunate to have Abrahamson as chief justice of our Supreme Court.

Mark Thomsen, president
Wisconsin Association for Justice
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