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Madison - Attorney General J.B. Van Hollen filed briefs today with the Dane County Circuit Court opposing the Government Accountability Board's Motion to Disqualify and Stay Proceedings and opposing the Motions to Intervene. The Democratic Party of Wisconsin, Madison Teachers, Inc., the American Federation of Teachers - Wisconsin, and Madison Firefighters Local 311 have filed motions to intervene.
Opposing the motion to disqualify, Van Hollen said that his office had taken steps beyond that required by law prior to filing the lawsuit to ensure there was no conflict.
"As the state's chief legal officer, my office provides legal advice and representation to state agencies," Van Hollen said in a statement. "As the state's chief law enforcement officer, I am charged with enforcing the law, sometimes against state agencies as in this case."
Regarding his opposition to intervention, Van Hollen said in a statement, "Time is of the essence. I think it is in everyone's interest that the merits of this case be resolved as promptly as possible. Adding additional parties who don't have a legal right to be there could unnecessarily slow down proceedings. I plan on opposing any motion to intervene."
Subject to any modifications in the scheduling order, the disqualification motion will be heard Wednesday, 1:30 p.m. at the Dane County Courthouse. Judge Sumi will hear motions to intervene on the same day, following the disqualification motion.
Copies of the Attorney General's briefs along with an affidavit supporting his opposition to the Government Accountability Board's Motion to Disqualify are attached.
For on-line docket information, please visit Wisconsin Circuit Court Access at http://wcca.wicourts.gov.