NEW INFORMATION: Walker appoints Appeals Judge Bradley to WI High Court

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MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- Gov. Scott Walker has appointed conservative-backed appellate judge Rebecca Bradley to the Wisconsin Supreme Court.

Walker introduced Bradley at a news conference Friday. The widely expected move, first reported by The Associated Press earlier Friday, will have Bradley finishing the term of late Justice Patrick Crooks.

Even more important, it gives Bradley the advantage of incumbency next year when she runs for a full 10-year term.

It's the third time Walker has appointed Bradley to a judicial seat. And it will expand conservatives' grip on the high court to a 5-2 margin.

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MADISON, Wis. (WEAU) -- Governor Scott Walker has appointed Appeals Court Judge Rebecca Bradley to Wisconsin's high court.

Two people with knowledge of Rebecca Bradley's selection confirmed the pick to The Associated Press on Friday. They spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized by Walker's office to reveal the pick before he announced it publicly at a 9:30 a.m. news conference.

Bradley will finish the final nine months of Justice Patrick Crooks' term. The 77-year-old died in office last month.

He had recently announced he would not seek re-election at the end of his term and was in his 39th year as a Wisconsin jurist. He had served nearly 20 as a member of the state's high court.

Walker told reporters Thursday a long term vacancy on the Supreme Court would be bad for the state and for voters. Liberals have asked him not to appoint a successor, because candidates are already campaigning for the spring election to fill the position.

Walker has already named Bradley to other judicial posts.

Another judge and a Madison attorney also applied for the seat, Madison attorney Claude Covelli and Dane County Circuit Judge Jim Troupis.
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MADISON, Wis. (WEAU) -- Governor Scott Walker is set to announce the person he is appointing to the Wisconsin Supreme Court.

He'll be naming his selection at the Capitol at 9:15 a.m. Friday.

The new justice will fill a vacancy left by the late Justice Patrick Crooks, 77. He died last month at the court in Madison.

He had recently announced he would not seek re-election at the end of his term and was in his 39th year as a Wisconsin jurist. He had served nearly 20 as a member of the state's high court.

Walker told reporters Thursday a long term vacancy on the Supreme Court would be bad for the state and for voters. Liberals have asked him not to appoint a successor, because candidates are already campaigning for the spring election to fill the position.

The governor is widely expected to appoint Appeals Court Judge Rebecca Bradley. Walker has already named her to other judicial posts.

Two judges and a Madison attorney applied for the seat. In addition to Bradley, Madison attorney Claude Covelli and Dane County Circuit Judge Jim Troupis are also pursuing the position.



 
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