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Wisconsin Supreme Court Chief Justice Roggensack has not talked with Abrahamson since switch


MADISON, Wisconsin — Wisconsin Supreme Court Chief Justice Patience Roggensack says "there's no chaos" on the state's highest court, and she has not spoken with former longtime Chief Justice Shirley Abrahamson since she succeeded her.

Roggensack told the WisconsinEye public affairs network in an interview Wednesday that talking with Abrahamson now would not be "fruitful," and she understands that the transition is difficult.

Roggensack was elected chief justice by four conservative justices April 29, replacing Abrahamson who had held the title for 19 years. Abrahamson has filed a federal lawsuit arguing she can't be replaced until her term ends in four years.

Roggensack also says Abrahamson and Justices Patrick Crooks and Ann Walsh Bradley sent her emails saying they would not attend the swearing-in ceremony for Marquette University Law School graduates Monday.

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