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Justice Gableman won't recuse himself from cases

MADISON - Wisconsin Supreme Court Justice Michael Gableman says he won't recuse himself from three cases.

One of them is an attempt to reopen last year's decision allowing the governor's controversial collective bargaining law to go into effect. Attorneys involved in the cases asked Gableman to step aside because parties on the other side of the lawsuit had been represented by the firm which defended Gableman against an ethics violation.

The justice wasn't billed for the legal services. Gableman cited Supreme Court decisions in similar cases and comments by Chief Justice John Roberts about withdrawal decisions. The full Supreme Court could still force Gableman off the cases.