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Board OKs blind trust for 1 justice, not another

MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- Wisconsin regulators will allow one Supreme Court justice to continue shielding her assets from the public, but not another.

  The Government Accountability Board says Justice Patience Roggensack will be exempted from a law requiring public officials to disclose their investments, but Justice Annette Ziegler must comply.

  Ziegler and Roggensack both put their assets into blind trusts, which allows them to be managed without the justices knowledge, to avoid potential conflicts of interest.

  The practice had been allowed under the now-defunct Ethics Board.

  The Government Accountability Board says Roggensack deserves an exemption -- and not Ziegler -- because she's had a blind trust for a decade and has largely complied with federal rules governing them.

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