Voters may not realize it, but the chief justice of the Wisconsin Supreme Court says the decision they make in the upcoming election for the high court will have a great impact.
Chief Justice Shirley Abrahamson says decisions made by the Supreme Court affect everyone in the state, whether you're the one in court or not, because of the wide range of issues involved in the cases it decides.
Justice Louis Butler is challenged by Burnett County Judge Michael Gableman in the April 1st election for a 10-year term on the high court.
Abrahamson isn't endorsing anyone.
But she says voters should keep certain characteristics in mind. For one thing, she says a justice is not to impose his or her personal ideas or agenda on a case. Also, a justice can't be influenced by special interests and must apply the law as he or she understands it.