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11 Feb 2023


WISCONSIN SUPREME COURT JUSTICES MAKES ENDORSEMENTS IN CONTESTED RACE FOR SEAT

FILE - Dane County Circuit Court Judge Jill Karofsky speaks during a Wisconsin Supreme Court candidate's forum in the offices of Foley & Lardner LLP in Madison, Wisconsin, on Nov. 19, 2019.

FILE - Dane County Circuit Court Judge Jill Karofsky speaks during a Wisconsin Supreme Court candidate's forum in the offices of Foley & Lardner LLP in Madison, Wisconsin, on Nov. 19, 2019. (John Hart/Wisconsin State Journal via AP, File)

A retired Maryland attorney filed the complaint against Karofsky in 2020 after she accused Jim Troupis — an attorney representing former President Donald Trump — of racially motivated litigation. 

Karofsky said the lawsuit seeking to throw out ballots in two ethnically diverse Wisconsin counties "smacks of racism" and accused Troupis of manipulating the legal system so "your king can stay in power."

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The Wisconsin State Capitol, in Madison, Wisconsin, houses both chambers of the Wisconsin legislature along with the Wisconsin Supreme Court and the Office of the Governor. 

The Wisconsin State Capitol, in Madison, Wisconsin, houses both chambers of the Wisconsin legislature along with the Wisconsin Supreme Court and the Office of the Governor.  (Getty Images)

The judicial oversight commission decided in November 2022 not to punish Karofsky for the incident, but warned her to maintain a neutral and professional tone in court.

Karofsky's attorney sent a letter to the commission on Tuesday criticizing the completed investigation and claiming that the oversight body was becoming a political weapon.

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"We believe the Commission risks setting a dangerous precedent," Karofsky's attorney wrote. "By allowing the Commission to be weaponized in this fashion, the Commission became a pawn of those determined to undermine an independent judiciary."

FILE - Trump campaign attorney Jim Troupis speaks during a Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee hearing to discuss election security and the 2020 election process on Dec. 16, 2020, on Capitol Hill in Washington. 

FILE - Trump campaign attorney Jim Troupis speaks during a Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee hearing to discuss election security and the 2020 election process on Dec. 16, 2020, on Capitol Hill in Washington.  (Jim Lo Scalzo/Pool via AP, File)

Karofsky told the AP that her demeanor was justified in the circumstance of preventing a "slow-motion coup" in the legal system.

"The Judicial Code (sic) requires judges to act with impartiality towards the parties, but it does not require a judge to turn a blind-eye to dangerous, bad-faith conduct by a lawyer or litigant," Karofsky told the AP via email.

She added, "It is beyond reason to read the Code to require judges to be mouse-like quiet when parties are arguing in favor of a slow-motion coup."

Timothy Nerozzi is a writer for Fox News Digital. You can follow him on Twitter @timothynerozzi and can email him at timothy.nerozzi@fox.com