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Wisconsin Chief Justice decries online attacks on colleagues

December 26, 2020 GMT

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — The Chief Justice of the Wisconsin Supreme Court released a statement Friday saying she is concerned over recent online threats and anti-Semitic attacks against members of the court after it rejected a lawsuit from President Donald Trump attempting to overturn an election loss in the battleground state.

Trump took to Twitter this week to blast conservative state Supreme Court Justice Brian Hagedorn after he sided with liberal justices to end Trump’s legal challenges in the swing state’s court. Justices Jill Karofsky and Rebecca Dallet have also received misogynistic and anti-Semitic attacks online, the Wisconsin State Journal reported.

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“No justice should be threatened or intimidated based on his or her religious beliefs,” said Chief Justice Patience Roggensack in a statement. “Wisconsin has a long history of protecting the right to freely worship, as well as the right to freely speak.”