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UW Professor: Court has become 'laughingstock'


MADISON (ASSOCIATED PRESS) -- A Wisconsin law professor says bickering among the state's Supreme Court justices has made the court a "laughingstock."

His comments come after a liberal justice accused a conservative court member of choking her during an argument earlier this month.

University of Wisconsin-Madison law professor Howard Schweber says infighting has made the court a laughingstock and the justices have become fodder for late-night comics.

He also says the problems go beyond the recent fight. He says the court has lost respect as outside interests pour money into the justices' elections and the court grown more partisan.

Gov. Scott Walker said earlier Monday the court must resolve its differences to restore public confidence in the institution.

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