Van Hollen Won't Criticize Judge over Union Case

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- Republican Attorney General J.B. Van Hollen is not attacking the motives of a Dane County judge who overturned much of Gov. Scott Walker's law curbing public workers' collective bargaining rights.

Walker on Friday lashed out at Dane County Circuit Judge Juan Colas, calling him a "liberal, activist judge."

Colas was a former public defender and later prosecutor at the state Department of Justice. He was appointed to the bench by former Democratic Gov. Jim Doyle.

Van Hollen said in an interview Monday that he didn't want to comment on Walker's statements or "go into Colas's head."

Van Hollen says that "legal minds can disagree" on the merits of the ruling, but he found it to be "woefully legally deficient."

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