If he has one wish as a retiring judge, William Gabler would like to see an additional judge and court commissioner — along with necessary support staff and attorneys — hired to deal with Eau Claire County’s increasing criminal caseload. “We judges don’t have enough time to think. We don’t have enough time to study the law,” Gabler said Wednesday, a day after retiring as the county’s Branch 3 judge for the past 19 years. Eau Claire
Eau Claire attorney Emily Long was sworn in Wednesday as Eau Claire County’s Branch 3 judge. Long thanked county residents for their support of her unopposed candidacy in the April election. “I will always do my best to act fairly, civilly and competently,” she said. Long was sworn in by District 3 Court of Appeals Judge Lisa Stark, who is a former Eau Claire County judge. “This is the culmination of what has been a successful legal career,” Stark said of Long.
A man faces a felony charge in connection with the case of an Eau Claire woman accused of prostituting two preteen children to men in exchange for money, drugs and alcohol. Meanwhile, the attorney for the woman has filed a change of venue motion in her criminal case, claiming an impartial trial cannot be held in Eau Claire County. Arthur G. Simmons Jr., 47, 2053 Schultz St., was charged Monday in Eau Claire County Court with first-degree sexual assault of a child. A $10,000 cash bail was set