Megyn Kelly and FOX News have been trying to paint WI protesters as being violent thugs and Tea Party-like (my analogy) ever since the grassroots resistance to Gov. Scott Walker's punitive measures began. Maybe Megyn can take a look at how Conservative Judge Prosser has been behaving:
As the deeply divided state Supreme Court wrestled over whether to force one member off criminal cases last year, Justice David Prosser exploded at Chief Justice Shirley Abrahamson behind closed doors, calling her a "bitch" and threatening to "destroy" her.
The incident, revealed in interviews as well as e-mails between justices, shows fractures on the court run even deeper than what has been revealed in public sniping in recent years. Problems got so bad that justices on both sides described the court as dysfunctional, and Prosser and others suggested bringing in a third party for help, e-mails show.
Prosser acknowledged the incident recently and said he thought it was becoming public now in an attempt to hurt him politically. Prosser faces Assistant Attorney General JoAnne Kloppenburg in the April 5 election.
He said the outburst came after Abrahamson took steps to undermine him politically and to embarrass him and other court conservatives.
"In the context of this, I said, 'You are a total bitch,' " Prosser said.
"I probably overreacted, but I think it was entirely warranted. . . . They (Abrahamson and Justice Ann Walsh Bradley) are masters at deliberately goading people into perhaps incautious statements. This is bullying and abuse of very, very long standing."
The Feb. 10, 2010, incident occurred as the court privately discussed a request to remove Justice Michael Gableman from a criminal case.
"In a fit of temper, you were screaming at the chief; calling her a 'bitch,' threatening her with '. . . I will destroy you'; and describing the means of destruction as a war against her 'and it won't be a ground war,' " Bradley wrote in a Feb. 18, 2010, e-mail to Prosser and others.
"In my view, a necessary step to address the dysfunction is to end these abusive temper tantrums. No one brought in from the outside is going to cure this aspect of the dysfunction."
Three days later, Justice Patience Roggensack wrote to Bradley, criticizing her for copying judicial assistants on her e-mail.
Don't you just love how the victims of his foulmouthed bullying are themselves painted as "bullies"? It's the 'Bloody Shirt' principle in action, converting perpetrators into victims and vice versa.
On FOX' America's Election HQ website, an article appears about Judge Prosser from 03/22 called : Collective Bargaining Appeal Takes Center Stage in Wisconsin Supreme Court Election which omits Prosser's abusive actions altogether. What a shock.
Our pal David Edwards adds some context to Prosser's resume at Raw Story:
The admission that he one called the chief justice a "bitch" follows a spotted history on women's isssues.
In 1990, while serving as a Wisconsin state Representative, Prosser argued that teen women would lie about being raped to get an abortion.
As a Supreme Court justice in 2010, he voted to uphold a circuit court decision that said the City of Milwaukee’s Paid Sick Leave Ordinance did not adequately disclose that leave could be used related to domestic and sexual violence.
While District Attorney of Outagamie County in 1979, Prosser had also refused to prosecute a priest that had allegedly sexually abused two children. "I was ready to take the stand," Troy Merryfield, one of the abused children, told the Journal Sentinel years later. "He (Prosser) said it would be too embarrassing for a kid my age and said what jury would believe a kid testifying against a priest?" The conservative Prosser is facing Assistant Attorney General JoAnne Kloppenburg in a re-election battle which could change the makeup of the Wisconsin Supreme Court.
The Kloppenburg campaign attacked Prosser after his spokesman admitted the justice would serve as a "complement" to Republican Gov. Scott Walker if re-elected. "This race is about returning independence and impartiality to the court," Kloppenburg wrote in an op-ed for Madison.com. "It’s about electing justices who haven’t prejudged cases and who see the judiciary as a co-equal branch of government and a check and balance against overreaching by the executive and legislative branches, not as a 'complement' to their political agenda."
This Justice is up for reelection on April 5th, so let's hope he goes down.