Monday, November 28, 2022

"The Worst Of The Worst" A Children's Court Judge With A Taste For Child Pornography

The Wisconsin Supreme Court has accepted the license revocation of a former judge

According to information obtained from the court's file of the proceedings in this matter, the CCAP and WSCCA websites,  and the materials attached to the OLR's misconduct summary, in March 2021, the State filed a criminal complaint against Attorney Blomme alleging that he possessed child pornography during a time period in which he served as a judge in the Children's Division of Milwaukee County Circuit Court ("Children's Court"). On the same day the State filed the criminal complaint, this court issued an order temporarily prohibiting Attorney Blomme from exercising the powers of a circuit court judge and temporarily withholding his judicial salary, effective the date of the order and until further order of the court.

He pled guilty to two counts of distributing child pornography.

Sanction

we accept Attorney Blomme's petition for the consensual revocation of his Wisconsin law license. We note that, according to the federal sentencing transcript attached to the OLR's misconduct summary, the sentencing judge described some of the child pornography involved in Attorney Blomme's case as "the worst of the worst." The judge also noted that Attorney Blomme's wrongdoing "wasn't just the possession" but also "the selection and distribution of particularly virulent child pornography." The judge also voiced concern that Attorney Blomme "committed [his] crimes in part at the courthouse" where he was responsible for cases involving children who had been abused. The judge described Attorney Blomme's behavior as "a huge stain on the reputation of the judiciary."

Justice Roggensack concurred but decried the lack of judicial action

Blomme was arrested on March 16, 2021, and did not formally resign his seat on the Milwaukee County Circuit Court until much later, on September 1, 2021. In all that time, the Judicial Commission took no public action.

 Over 600 days have passed since Blomme was arrested at his residence and taken into custody on March 16, 2021. Blomme was formally charged in Dane County Circuit Court with seven felony counts of possession of child pornography on March 17, 2021 (Dane County Case No. 2021CF647). Blomme made his initial appearance in Dane County Circuit Court on March 17, when he was released on signature bond.

...The Judicial Commission protects the public. I am concerned by their inaction.

Urban Milwaukee reported that he was sentenced to a nine-year prison term.(Mike Frisch)

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