Ex-judges ask state Supreme Court to adopt recusal rules

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MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- A group of ex-judges is asking the Wisconsin Supreme Court to adopt rules requiring judges and justices to recuse themselves from cases involving campaign donors.

The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reported Wednesday that the group sent a proposal to the court for rules requiring circuit judges to step aside if they got at least $1,000 for a litigant or attorney. The threshold for appellate judges would be $2,500 and for justices $10,000. The limits would apply to donations from so-called issue groups as well.

The proposal also calls for a state constitutional amendment allowing appeals judges or retired justices to sit on cases if multiple justices are forced off cases.

The high court approved rules in 2009 saying campaign donations don't require recusal.

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