Wis. justices to argue over expenses

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The state Supreme Court's conservative and liberal factions are set to clash over travel reimbursements and court finances.

The court's seven justices are set to meet on Monday morning. On the agenda is Justice Pat Roggensack's request for state reimbursement for traveling around the state for a personal project and questions about why Chief Justice Shirley Abrahamson hired two executive assistants when the court's budget calls for one.

Roggensack says her project on racial disparities in sentencing falls is both personal and court related. Abrahamson contends the two assistants split their time.

Tensions have run high on the court since conservative-leaning justices gained a majority in 2008, leaving liberal-leaning Abrahamson and another justice in the minority.

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