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Supreme Court candidate Judge Hagedorn defends controversial blog posts

MADISON (WKOW) — Conservative-backed Wisconsin Supreme Court candidate Judge Brain Hagedorn is defending his controversial blog posts that weighed in on big issues, including a U.S. Supreme Court decision that struck down a Texas anti-sodomy law, saying he believes it could lead to the “legalization of bestiality.”

Hagedorn said on WTAQ’s John Muir Show that his views when he was in law school do not reflect his decisions in the courtroom. The John Muir Show is a conservative radio talk show out of Green Bay.

Last week the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reported Hagedorn’s personal blog posts, beginning in 2005, singled out organizations like Planned Parenthood and the NAACP. He called Planned Parenthood a “wicked organization,” and wrote the NAACP is a “partisan hack” and a “disgrace to America.”

Hagedorn said he always sets aside personal views as a judge and will continue if elected to the high court.

“The idea of personal expressed views from years ago; to recuse myself now is just flat out wrong,” said Hagedorn on WTAQ .

He also criticized the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel story regarding the blog posts.

“The media really is terrible at often knowing the difference between law and politics,” he said.

Liberal-leaning groups have called Hagedorn’s views as “radical” and “extreme.” One Wisconsin Now Research Director Joanna Beilman-Dulin said Hagedorn can’t be trusted to be fair and impartial on the court.

“It is a fundamental to our judicial system that everyone is equal before the law. Brian Hagedorn thinks otherwise…His writings show he believes he is empowered to impose his beliefs on women, and make health care decisions for them, and that some people are less equal than others because of who they are and who they love,” said Beilman-Dulin.

Hagedorn previously served as then-governor Scott Walker’s legal counsel. He’s running against liberal backed Judge Lisa Neubauer in the April election.

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Emilee Fannon

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