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Wis. justice: I'm not biased against criminals

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MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- Wisconsin Supreme Court Justice Michael Gableman says allegations that he is biased against criminal defendants "are simply wrong."

Gableman has issued a statement explaining why he has continued to participate in criminal cases despite requests by defense lawyers to force him off of them.

The lawyers say Gableman's tough-on-crime statements during his 2008 election demonstrate he is biased against criminal defendants and their attorneys.

After months of silence, Gableman hit back in a statement entered into the court record last week and made public Tuesday.

He says he never promised to rule against criminal defendants and will consider each case impartially. Gableman also says defense attorneys serve a vital function and deserve praise.

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