John Markson

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John Markson
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Court Information:
Dane County Circuit Court, Wisconsin
Title:   Judge
Position:   Branch 1
Appointed by:   Gov. Jim Doyle
Active:   2007-2020
Preceded by:   Robert A. DeChambeau
Personal History
Home state:   Wisconsin
Undergraduate:   University of Wisconsin-Madison
Law School:   University of Wisconsin-Madison, 1978
Candidate 2014:
Candidate for:  Dane County Circuit Court
Position:  Branch 1
State:  Wisconsin
Election information 2014:
Incumbent:  Yes
Primary date:  02/18/2014
Election date:  04/01/2014
Election vote:  100%ApprovedA

John W. Markson is a judge for the Dane County Circuit Court in Wisconsin.[1] He was appointed by Governor Jim Doyle on June 27, 2007 to replace retiring Judge Robert A. DeChambeau.[2][3] In 2008, Markson ran unopposed and was elected to the position.[4][5] Markson was re-elected to the Dane County Circuit Court in 2014 for a term that will expire in 2020.[6]



See also: Wisconsin judicial elections, 2014
Markson ran for re-election to the Dane County Circuit Court.
General: He won without opposition in the general election on April 1, 2014.[6]


Markson earned his B.A. from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and later his J.D. from the same school in 1978.[7][8]


Prior his appointment to the Dane County Circuit Court, Markson was a shareholder in Bell, Gierhart & Moore, which he joined as an associate in 1984. Before this, he was a partner in Stafford, Rosenbaum, Rieser & Hansen. Markson began his legal career as a law clerk to Justice William G. Callow at the Wisconsin Supreme Court.[3]

Notable cases

Judge issues moot ruling criticizing the state's actions against protesters

Protests against Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker have been ongoing at the state's capitol in Madison since his controversial collective bargaining law was introduced in 2011. Many protesters have been arrested or ticketed. As of early February 2014, the number of citations issued against them was 783. Judge Markson has opposed some of the actions of police in these protests.

On February 5, 2014, Markson threw out 29 tickets against protesters, stating that the rule requiring them to obtain a permit was unconstitutional.[9][10]

The court also found that the Capitol Police had altered certain citations before filing them with the court. This prompted Judge Markson to state the following in the court order:

I write here, even though the matter is moot, because I cannot let this pass. I cannot ignore any party’s – much less the state’s – altering a document filed with the court so that it is different from the one actually served upon the other party. That this is wrong requires no explanation. It cannot be remedied simply by sending a letter, particularly where the letter misleadingly advises that the change made is merely a “technical” one. How this could happen is perplexing at best.[11]

—Judge John Markson[12]

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