After news leaked that Republican Wisconsin Supreme Court Justice David Prosser had allegedly choked Supreme Court Justice Ann Bradley during talks surrounding the anti-union bill being voided by a county judge, conservatives flooded the internet with push back which mostly consisted of “if he did anything wrong, why isn’t it being investigated?” Well, it is now. Dane County Sheriffs will be investigating the alleged choking of Supreme Court Justice Bradley.
Wisconsin Politics reports:
Capitol Police Chief Charles Tubbs announced today his agency has turned over to the Dane County Sheriff an investigation into allegations of a physical altercation between Supreme Court Justices Ann Walsh Bradley and David Prosser.
Tubbs said in the statement he decided to turn the case over after consulting with members of the court about the June 13 incident…..
The Wisconsin Judicial Commission issued a statement this afternoon confirming it had received information concerning “an incident that occurred at the Wisconsin Supreme Court” and authorized an investigation at its meeting on Friday. The commission did not offer any specifics on what it is probing.
While Prosser is denying any comment, an anonymous source (no doubt another justice on Prosser’s side of this contentious court), alleged that Prosser was acting in self-defense. Prosser has admitted to threatening to destroy the Chief Justice, also a woman, as well as calling her a bitch in the past. Prosser blamed the female Supreme Justice and Justice Bradley for his behavior during that incident as well, claiming he was goaded into threatening her. As I pointed out months ago, Prosser’s justification that he was goaded into threatening someone suggests a mindset that blames others for his own actions. He seems to believe that he is not responsible for his actions if someone makes him mad. It’s tough to reconcile that attitude with his job as a judge.
After Prosser denied the charges, Bradley told the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel that Justice David Prosser put her in a chokehold during the disagreement after she asked him to leave her office. “The facts are that I was demanding that he get out of my office and he put his hands around my neck in anger in a chokehold,” Bradley told the newspaper.
The Dane County Sheriff’s office will be handling the investigation. Judge Sumi, who originally voided the killing of the collective bargaining law since it was passed in violation of Open Meeting Laws, also serves in Dane County.