The following series of three Letters were published in the March 26, 2013, Tomahawk Leader. Feel free to add your thoughts.
Want impartial judge;
keep politicians out of courtroom
I’m writing this letter in regards to the April 2nd election for Judge in which I support Rob Russell. I met Rob some 50 years ago when my family and I moved into our new home next door to the Russell Family at which time Rob happened onto the scene. By the way, I was entering my terrible two’s. As Rob and I communicated in spits, burps, and farts back then, I wasn’t aware of the Russell history dating back to the town of Jenny, now Merrill, where Rob’s Great Grandfather was the first Caucasian born here. As time went on, I grew up witnessing the Russell law legacy unfolding to the present day. Rob and his late father George compiling approximately 75 years of legal service in Lincoln County, Rob himself, serving almost a quarter of a century.
But before I go on about Rob, I would like to share a few thoughts on Rob’s opponent, John Yackel. As I see it, the facts speak for themselves. Mr. Yackel has no history in Lincoln County. He has only approximately 10 years of legal experience, which is less than half of Rob’s experience. Truth be told, he is related to State Congressman Sean Duffy. Mr. Yackel also is the former Chairman of the Marathon County Republican Party. I think you see were this is going. So it was no surprise when Governor Walker appointed Mr. Yackel to the temporary position over not one, but two more qualified candidates from Lincoln County. Is he a Politian or a Judge? His actions, as written in the Wausau Daily Herald on Feb. 27th, 2013, also show poor character and bad judgment.
But back to Rob, who has two brothers, both of which have chosen to serve their country in the military. They are most definitely a source of pride for Rob, as he has been working to bring free legal services to support and assist our Veterans at no cost to the County. Rob spends his time helping the people of Lincoln County, Mr. Yackel, a political party.
In closing, I can only hope that the voters of Lincoln County will send a message as far as Madison that we want an impartial judge. We have the opportunity to put the right person on the bench. Someone who has strong character, exercises good judgment, and leads by example. And most importantly, someone who will be fair and impartially serve the people of Lincoln County because he wants to make a difference for all the right reasons, keeping the Men, Women, and Children of Lincoln County safe. Let’s keep the politicians out of the court room.
My Name is Dave Mahn and I’m a Lincoln County Resident.
Authorized and Paid for by Dave Mahn, Merrill
(Editor’s Note: Given that the election is next week and this letter-writer raises vague questions about a Wausau Daily Herald article without further explanation or a chance for Judge John Yackel to respond, the gist of that story is provided here: The judge was presiding over a probate case involving the estate of a man who died in 2009. A woman in that case erected campaign signs in her yard in Merrill supporting Yackel. When Yackel found out she had done so, he called the Wisconsin Judicial Commission, which oversees judicial conduct, to ask how to proceed. He was told he did not have to remove himself from the case as long as he had not solicited the support. Yackel said he wanted to verify the proper steps. A link to that article is provided here http://www.wausaudailyherald.com/apps/p ... 3302270182