Federal judge denies attempt by voters to intervene, stop Abrahamson lawsuit over amendment

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MADISON, Wisconsin — A federal judge has denied an attempt by voters to intervene and stop a lawsuit brought by Wisconsin Supreme Court Chief Justice Shirley Abrahamson challenging the timing of a recently approved constitutional amendment.

The amendment approved by voters April 7 allows justices on the Supreme Court to choose who will be the chief, rather than have it go to the most senior member. Abrahamson sued, arguing it should not apply until her term is over in four years.

Five voters on Monday attempted to intervene in the case and have it dismissed.

But U.S. District Judge James Peterson said in his order Tuesday that the voters' interests will be adequately represented by those already named in the lawsuit.

An attorney for the voters said he was disappointed with the decision.

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