MADISON – Today, Wisconsin Alliance for Reform launched a new ad that features a case in which JoAnne Kloppenburg sided with a judge who excluded evidence of a man’s use of the narcotic drug methadone 20 minutes before he struck and killed a 61-year-old woman. As a result of the exclusion as evidence, the charges against the man were dropped and he went free.
The driver in this case had three prior convictions for drunk driving, and even had his two-year-old daughter in the car when he killed the pedestrian. Kloppenburg ruled that the trial court judge was correct in determining that the man’s methadone use could be excluded as evidence – despite the fact that he took it just 20 minutes before the collision. Side effects of methadone use include anxiety, confusion and loss of vision. “Methadone” is WAR’s third ad which exposes Judge JoAnne Kloppenburg’s record of refusing to protect Wisconsin communities.
Wisconsin Alliance for Reform Communications Director Chris Martin released the following statement:
“Wisconsinites should be alarmed by Judge JoAnne Kloppenburg’s consistent record of siding with dangerous criminals who have victimized members of our community. By ruling in favor of a judge who excluded a driver’s use of methadone 20 minutes before a fatal collision, Madison liberal JoAnne Kloppenburg further exhibited her refusal to ensure criminals face justice for their actions.”