The law firm bringing a suit against the state's elections agency advised the Legislature on how to write the very law it is suing over.
Doesn't that situation sound ludicrous?
Definition of ludicrous:
- amusing or laughable through obvious absurdity, incongruity, exaggeration, or eccentricity
- meriting derisive laughter or scorn as absurdly inept, false, or foolish
The Nov. 27 Journal Sentinel informs us:
"Law firm gave advice on elections law it is suing over
Madison - The law firm bringing a suit against the state's elections agency advised the Legislature on how to write the very law it is suing over.
Republican lawmakers hired Michael Best & Friedrich and the Troupis Law Office to help them draw new legislative maps this year and write legislation implementing those maps. Taxpayers paid the two firms $400,000 for the work.
That law was explicit in saying the new maps would take effect for recall elections starting in the fall of 2012.
"This act first applies, with respect to special or recall elections, to offices filled or contested concurrently with the 2012 general election," it says.
That means any recall elections before then must be held in the old districts, according to the state Government Accountability Board, which runs state elections.
Now, Michael Best is representing a group of Republicans who have sued the accountability board, arguing any recall elections must be held using the new maps. The new maps favor Republicans. "
Several comments were posted to that news article including these:
“So, Michael Best & Friedrich was paid monies by taxpayers to write the new redistricting law, and NOW they are being hired to attack the law they helped write. Will they take the case by the State of Wisconsin to recover the monies Michael Best & Friedrich were paid by the State for their drafting efforts? Will they open an ethics investigation against themselves? Will they sue themselves for malpractice if their legisalation is overturned (or upheld) and only assert a conflict of interest after having billed hundreds of thousands of dollars on the eve of trial”
“This is unbelievably absurd. How about Republican legislators funnel my tax dollars towards education or roads instead of to lawyers to prolong their terms?”