After initial reports surfaced that Wisconsin Supreme Court Justice David Prosser assaulted fellow Justice Ann Walsh Bradley in her chambers in the presence of other justices during a heating discussion over Governor Scott Walker’s controversial anti-collective bargaining law, neither justice would comment on the story. But now Bradley has publicly confirmed the story.
According to Bradley, she was demanding Prosser leaver her office as a result of the disagreement. Instead Prosser “put his hands around my neck in anger in a chokehold” Bradley told the Milwaukee Journal Sentinal.
For his part Prosser denies the allegations and some have even accused Bradley of initiating the violence.
While the details remain sketchy, sources say Capitol Police Chief Charles Tubbs was notified of the incident and that the matter was called to the attention of the Wisconsin Judicial Commission, a body that investigates allegations of misconduct involving judges.
Prosser has a history of abusive behavior toward his female colleagues. Last year he exploded at Chief Justice Shirley Abrahamson in a closed door meeting and called her a “bitch” while threatening to “destroy” her. Prosser readily admitted calling the Chief Justice a “bitch” but, like most abusive-types gave the “she had it coming defense.” In March during his re-election campaign Prosser said “I probably overreacted, but I think it was entirely warranted. They [Abrahamson and Bradley] are masters at deliberately goading people into perhaps incautious statements.”
If the allegations are true Prosser could be facing a felony charge which should remove him from the bench. But since nothing in Wisconsin has been going the way things “should” for now Prosser remains employed and Governor Walker’s budget bill law.
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