Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Wis. Judge Puts Law on Hold Again, Warns Walker Administration Not to Defy the Court | The Progressive

Wis. Judge Puts Law on Hold Again, Warns Walker Administration Not to Defy the Court | The Progressive

The bill to deny public sector workers in Wisconsin most of their bargaining rights does not yet have the force of law.

So ruled Judge Maryann Sumi at the end of court on March 22 as she amended her temporary restraining order of March 18.

The amended order prohibits “any further implementation” of the bill “until any further order of the Court.” She said from the bench that she wanted to make her order “crystal clear.” She said her earlier order was “either misunderstood or ignored.”

In a stern statement from the bench just prior to adjourning, Judge Sumi warned Gov. Walker’s administration in no uncertain terms. “Those who sit in willful and open defiance of the court place not only themselves in peril,” she said. “They also jeopardize the financial and governmental interests of the state.”

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