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MADISON, Wis. (AP) - In a bid to repair its tarnished reputation, the Wisconsin Supreme Court has agreed to issue a statement affirming its commitment to working better together.

The seven justices agreed Wednesday to adopt this statement: "We duly affirm our commitment to collegiality and collaboration in the manner we work together the bulk of the time."

The state's high court has had a number of high-profile squabbles, including an altercation between two justices this summer. Many recent court decisions have had the four conservative-leaning justices on one side and the three liberal-leaning judges on the other, creating a sense of a perpetually divided court.

Chief Justice Shirley Abrahamson says the pledge will help regain the public's trust. Justice David Prosser seemed tempted to vote against it but raised his hand after he saw the other justices voting in favor.

 

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