A Trip to the State Capitol
A part of the AP Government and Politics class took a trip on November 1st to the Wisconsin State Supreme Court to watch a review petition in the State Supreme Court as an enrichment to the class. The group's trip included visiting the Governor's office, and the Wisconsin State Supreme Court, talking with former Chief Justice and current Justice Shirley Abrahamson beforehand. The trip concluded with the review petition for the case State of Wisconsin vs Howard Carter. The Governor's office section was only a small part of the main tour to the State Supreme Court. The first main part of the tour was the discussion about the State Supreme Court and a question and answer session on procedures with Justice Abrahamson. The other main section of the tour was the petition review for the case State of Wisconsin vs Howard Carter after the discussion. The trip lasted about four and a half hours with travel time and was a blast for the entire tour group.
The Governor's Office
The trip to the State Supreme Court started with a little detour. With a few extra minutes before the trip to the court, the tour took a stop at the Governor's office. Not sure of whether our tour group could go in or not, our tour leader, Corina Rogers, asked the police officer stationed there if we could take a look inside the conference room. Since nobody was inside there, we were allowed through by the officer as our tour group entered inside. Each person of the group was able to rub the badger statue's nose just outside the conference room before going inside. Once inside, our group decided to get a picture sitting in the Governor's conference room before starting the main tour. After that, we met back outside the Governor's office to head to our main tour of the Wisconsin State Supreme Court.
Discussion with Shirley Abrahamson
After the tour took a short trip to the Governor's office, the main part of the trip began. The tour group went into the court for a discussion with former Chief Justice and current Associate Justice Shirley Abrahamson. Appointed in 1976 by then Governor Patrick Lucey(Democratic) at age 43, she is the oldest at 83 years of age at the time of the writing of this article, and longest serving justice on the Wisconsin Supreme Court. She is also the most liberal justice, according to a 2012 study from Stanford University. She was originally the Chief Justice on the court until April 29, 2015 when a change in the State Constitution allowed her to be replaced by current Chief Justice Patience Roggensack. The main topics of the discussion were court procedures, how she got into law, etc. This part of the tour lasted about an hour before she took her lunch break before the hearing. Then a brief break was taken before the case. Then the main hearing took place, finishing the tour at the Wisconsin State Supreme Court. Because of the reason to keep a fair trial, WaunaKeegan can't disclose information on the trial itself, and the result is kept confidential until released by the courts.
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