Dane County judge refuses court order to dismiss Wisconsin voter ID challenge

Sore loser:  Dane County Circuit Judge Richard Niess, who struck down Wisconsin’s voter ID law in a 2012 ruling, refused to dismiss the case as ordered after the state Supreme Court agreed with an appeals court’s reversal.  Instead Niess recused himself and defied the high court’s order – “not something judges are supposed to do.”


The spat does not appear to have any effect on the status of the voter ID law. That law, approved in 2011, was blocked for 2 1/2 years because of a wave of litigation, but was reinstated this month after a series of rulings in state and federal courts.


By taking such a stance, Niess risks being disciplined by judicial ethics officials… “You can’t disqualify yourself just because you want to.”