The Burnett County District Attorney says he'll consider a request to criminally charge State Supreme Court Justice Michael Gableman. Milwaukee County Supervisor John Weishan has filed a complaint against Gableman in Burnett County where the sitting justice worked previously as judge. Weishan concurs with the state Judicial Commission's findings , last week, that allege Gableman knowingly misrepresented the facts in a campaign ad while running for the high court against Louis Butler.
The Milwaukee County Board member accuses the justice of violating an obscure law from 1911. According to the Wisconsin State Journal, this false representation law has only been used five times since 1979. He says the law is still the law.
"Whether the law has been enforced once, twice or a hundred times in the past is irrelevant."
Gableman campaign consultant Darrin Schmitz calls the matter frivolous and quote, "another attempt by the left to circumvent the will of the voters."
Weishan denies the claim and says the issue is about running "clean elections" and believes problems of false campaign ads will only escalate unless action is taken. The 16th District County Supervisor says he wouldn't have filed the complaint unless he thought there was a real case.