The rumor about town is that Pennington County States Attorney Glen Brenner has the inside track on becoming the next judge in the Seventh Circuit.
I don't know Mr. Brenner. I've spoken on the phone to him a time or two. He has been the states attorney since unseating Dennis Groff. I don't have enough information about him to declare an opinion about his qualifications to be a judge.
But I've said on this blog and on others that I believe it is important for the judiciary to err on the side of liberty. That the bulk of Mr. Brenner's career has been spent as a prosecutor brings little comfort. I hope the judiciary committee has other options with broader trial experience than just a career-long effort to put more people in jail.