The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel is reporting former Wisconsin Supreme Court Justice Louis Butler is a finalist for a second federal judgeship. Last month, senators Herb Kohl and Russ Feingold recommended Butler and attorney William Conley to replace retiring U.S. District Judge John Shabaz, whose seat remains unfilled. Earlier today, a federal nominating commission recommended Butler, Conley and four others to replace U.S. District Judge Barbara Crabb, who has decided to take senior status. The recommendations will now be considered by Sens. Feingold and Kohl, who will then make another recommendation to President Obama.
After what happened to Louis Butler at the hands of Michael Gableman and his benefactors, I’m certainly glad to see Butler being considered for a spot on the federal bench. He’s certainly deserving, so it will be interesting to see if he’s nominated by President Obama.