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Attorney task force to present 16 yr term amendment for state Supreme Court judges

MADISON, WI (WTAQ) - Wisconsin Supreme Court justices could be elected to only one 16-year term, under a constitutional amendment proposed by a task force of attorneys.

A state bar panel says it hopes the Legislature can take up the idea this fall.

Right now, justices are elected to as many 10-year terms as they can win.

Former judge Joe Troy, who studied the one-term idea, tells the Wisconsin State Journal that re-election campaigns have become so brutal, it has hurt the public’s confidence in the court system.

Troy said people are starting to believe that justices are quote, “serving people (with money) who put them there – or they are worried about the next election.”

He admits that a one-term system would not solve the rising amount of money in Supreme Court campaigns – but he does believe it would help restore public confidence.

Democratic state Senate Minority Leader Chris Larson calls the idea “promising.”