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Roggensack: Court not dysfunctional

MILWAUKEE (AP) - The two challengers in an upcoming state Supreme Court election say the current court is dysfunctional and needs a new face on the bench, while the incumbent says the perception of incivility between the justices is overblown.

Justice Pat Roggensack, law professor Ed Fallone and consumer lawyer Vince Megna appeared at a candidate form Thursday in Milwaukee.

Fallone cited a 2011 altercation in which one justice allegedly wrapped his hands around the neck of another while Roggensack and others were in the room. Fallone says the court can't be effective when the justices can't get along.

And Megna says the justices are good people who just can't cure their divisiveness.

But Roggensack says things aren't so bad. She says she wouldn't be running for a second 10-year term if there were really that much acrimony.

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MILWAUKEE (AP) - All three candidates for Wisconsin Supreme Court are scheduled to appear at a public forum together for the first time.

Incumbent Justice Pat Roggensack, law professor Ed Fallone and consumer lawyer Vince Megna will answer questions from a moderator and audience members Thursday in Milwaukee.

The event comes 12 days before the candidates meet in a Feb. 19 primary to whittle the slate from three candidates to two. The general election is April 2.

Recent campaign-finance reports show Roggensack with $55,000 in the bank heading into January. That compares with about $7,000 for Megna and $5,400 for Fallone. Roggensack's totals don't include another $20,000 she received from a national group that advocates for private school vouchers.

No other joint appearances are scheduled before the primary.

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