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Supreme Court refuses to throw out ethics complaint against Ziegler

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Annette Ziegler is weighing her options now that her new State Supreme Court colleagues have refused to throw out an ethics complaint against her.

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On a 7-1 vote Tuesday, justices rejected Ziegler's claim that the State Ethics Board had no business accusing her of a conflict of interest in her past role as a circuit judge. Pat Roggensack was the only dissenter.

Dan Hildebrand, Ziegler's lawyer, was disappointed with the ruling. He won't say if Ziegler will now try to settle her ethics complaint before a reserve judge holds a hearing on it May 17.

Ziegler ruled on at least five cases involving a bank in which her husband is a board member. And if she's guilty of violating ethics rules it could cost her $25,000.

Ziegler says only the judiciary should have the right to pass judgment on her. And that's happening because the state's Judicial Commission is investigating her as well.

Ziegler got 58 percent of the vote last month to replace retiring Justice Jon Wilcox in August.

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