Democrats are running this ad against David Prosser, who is up for reelection for the Wisconsin State Supreme Court:
The 2 kids involved are suing the Catholic Church in Wisconsin for hiding the priest who molested them, and molested others after Prosser refused to prosecute them.
But, from Prosser's perspective, here is the deal:
1) Times were different back then. Prosser says that the reason he did not prosecute the pedophile priest was to spare the kids the emotional stress of taking the stand. He had no knowlege that the priest was a serial molester. The villain here was the Bishop, who hid the priest, which enabled him to continue molesting kids.
2) Prosser is not Catholic, and so is not involved in a conspiracy to hide the priest.
3) Prosser did make a ruling a few years ago that the Catholic church can be sued.
From the Democrats' perspective - Because Prosser did not prosecute the molester, he enabled him to molest more kids, before he was finally prosecuted in 2004.
This is a difficult subject. Also, since the outcome of this election is going to help decide the Constitutionality of Walker's union busting, and also help decide redistricting in Wisconsin, it is an extremely hot-button topic. No doubt, the Democrats are jumping all over this for partisan political purposes, and if Prosser were a Republican, they most likely would be defending him, as Republicans are, at the moment.
Here is the issue in my poll - Many judges make bad decisons, without meaning to, and go on to distinguished careers. Is this the case with Judge Prosser? Does he deserve to be voted out, or is this just a power play by Democrats? I am categorizing the choices according to who and who does not support Walker's term as Governor of Wisconsin, so we can see how much of the issue is doing to divide along partisan lines.
NOTE: If you are against Walker, do NOT make inflammatory statements against Walker. State why you believe as you do. If you are for Walker, please do the same, instead of name calling too.