MADISON, Wis. (AP) The Wisconsin Supreme Court reprimanded one of its own Wednesday, giving Justice Annette Ziegler the lightest possible punishment for hearing cases involving a bank where her husband was a paid director.
It was the first time the state high court has taken such an action, and her colleagues could have suspended her or removed her from the bench.
Ziegler ruled in favor of West Bend Savings Bank in several cases she heard as a Washington County judge between 2001 and last year. The court said Ziegler's "serious and significant" offense diminished public confidence in the legal system.
The state's judicial code requires judges to withdraw from cases in which they have a significant financial interest that could raise questions about their impartiality.