Annette Ziegler is officially a member of the state Supreme Court.
The former Washington County judge took the oath of office in a West Bend courtroom Wednesday to become the 80th Wisconsin Supreme Court justice.
Ziegler will replace Justice Jon Wilcox, who is retiring after 15 years on the bench. She was elected to a 10 year term on the court in April. The seven-member court's new term officially began Wednesday.
The state Judicial Commission is investigating whether Ziegler broke any rules by failing to withdraw from numerous cases involving parties in which she and her husband had a financial stake.
If the commission finds a violation, it could ask the Supreme Court to discipline Ziegler. Possible penalties include reprimand, suspension or removal from the court.
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