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Former Wisconsin chief justice appeals decision in lawsuit over title

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MADISON, Wisconsin — Former state Supreme Court Chief Justice Shirley Abrahamson has appealed a ruling that her fellow justices properly stripped her of her title.

Voters approved a Republican-authored constitutional amendment in April that allows the justices to pick the chief rather than automatically giving the title to the longest-serving justice. The court's conservative majority removed the liberal-leaning Abrahamson hours after the election results were certified and named Justice Pat Roggensack chief.

Abrahamson filed a federal lawsuit arguing she couldn't be removed as chief until her term expires in 2019. U.S. District Judge James Peterson dismissed the action in July, saying the justices were authorized to remove her.

Abrahamson filed notice of an appeal to the U.S. 7th Circuit Court of Appeals on Wednesday. The filing didn't include any briefs laying out arguments.

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