WAUSAU, WI (WTAQ) - A northeast Wisconsin man tried but failed to use a judge’s newspaper remarks to get out of a 25 year prison sentence.
Brown County Circuit Judge Sue Bischel told the Green Bay Press-Gazette last year that criminals have little character, and she was getting angry with people because they don’t change.
The next day, she sentenced 49-year-old John Broadnax of Forestville on a felony child sex assault conviction with a victim under 13.
Broadnax claimed that the newspaper article proved that Bischel was biased against him. The Third District Appeals Court in Wausau didn’t buy it.
The judges said a reasonable person would not interpret what Bischel said as being biased against defendants.
Besides, the court said she was referring to repeat offenders – not those like Broadnax who did not have a case in her court previously.