|Current Court Information:|
|Dane County Circuit Court, Wisconsin|
|Appointed by:||Gov. Jim Doyle|
|Preceded by:||Robert A. DeChambeau|
|Undergraduate:||University of Wisconsin-Madison|
|Law School:||University of Wisconsin-Madison, 1978|
|Candidate for:||Dane County Circuit Court|
|Election information 2014:|
John W. Markson is a judge for the Dane County Circuit Court in Wisconsin. He was appointed by Governor Jim Doyle on June 27, 2007 to replace retiring Judge Robert A. DeChambeau. In 2008, Markson ran unopposed and was elected to the position. Markson was re-elected to the Dane County Circuit Court in 2014 for a term that will expire in 2020.
- See also: Wisconsin judicial elections, 2014
Prior his appointment to the Dane County Circuit Court, Markson was a shareholder in Bell, Gierhart & Moore, which he joined as an associate in 1984. Before this, he was a partner in Stafford, Rosenbaum, Rieser & Hansen. Markson began his legal career as a law clerk to Justice William G. Callow at the Wisconsin Supreme Court.
Judge issues moot ruling criticizing the state's actions against protesters
Protests against Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker have been ongoing at the state's capitol in Madison since his controversial collective bargaining law was introduced in 2011. Many protesters have been arrested or ticketed. As of early February 2014, the number of citations issued against them was 783. Judge Markson has opposed some of the actions of police in these protests.
The court also found that the Capitol Police had altered certain citations before filing them with the court. This prompted Judge Markson to state the following in the court order:
|“||I write here, even though the matter is moot, because I cannot let this pass. I cannot ignore any party’s – much less the state’s – altering a document filed with the court so that it is different from the one actually served upon the other party. That this is wrong requires no explanation. It cannot be remedied simply by sending a letter, particularly where the letter misleadingly advises that the change made is merely a “technical” one. How this could happen is perplexing at best.||”|
—Judge John Markson
- Dane County Clerk of Courts
- Channel 3000, "Judge tosses cops' collective bargaining suit," October 23, 2013
- Portage Daily Register, "Judge: Treatment court should take on tough cases," September 4, 2013
- Dane County Clerk of Court, "Circuit Court Judges," accessed April 7, 2014
- Office of the Liutenent Governor Rebecca Kleefisch, June 27, 2007
- The Third Branch, "Judiciary welcomes seven new judges," Summer 2007
- Wisconsin State Elections Board, "Results of Spring General Election," April 1, 2008
- The Third Branch, "Six appointed judges run unopposed, win first full terms," Spring 2008
- Wisconsin Government Accountability Board, "Candidates on Ballot by Election, 2014 Spring Election," January 23, 2014
- Martindale.com, "Judge Profile: John W. Markson," accessed November 20, 2013
- Wisconsin Lawyer, "In the News," July 2008
- Daily Kos, "Dane County (WI) Judge Declares Rule Used to Charge Singers Unconstitutional," February 5, 2014
- The Cap Times, "Judge blasts Scott Walker administration for altering solidarity singer citations," February 7, 2014
- Note: This text is quoted verbatim from the original source. Any inconsistencies are attributed to the original source.
- Scribd, "State of Wisconsin vs. John B. Bell," February 5, 2014