Wisconsin's Republican-led legislature is pushing through a constitutional amendment that in-state observers say is a thinly veiled attack on the current liberal Wisconsin Supreme Court chief justice.
The amendment, which cleared the Senate on party lines Tuesday, would change how the court's chief justice is chosen. The position would no longer be the most senior judge on the court -- which is currently Shirley Abrahamson, a liberal -- and instead the chief justice would be elected by the other members of the court.
Four conservatives and three liberals, including Abrahamson, are sitting at the bench now. That leaves little doubt that, if the amendment were to be adopted, Abrahamson would be ousted.
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