The Wisconsin State Journal reports: “Wisconsin Supreme Court Justice David Prosser allegedly grabbed fellow Justice Ann Walsh Bradley around the neck in an argument in her chambers last week, according to at least three knowledgeable sources.” The incident occurred “before the court’s release of a decision upholding a bill to curtail the collective bargaining rights of public employees.” According to their sources “Bradley purportedly asked Prosser to leave her office, whereupon Prosser grabbed Bradley by the neck with both hands.”
This is the same guy who got on the bench when the corrupt Wisconsin Secretary of State amazingly found a bag of ballots just in time to certify a win over Democrat JoAnne Kloppenberg. In what world is it EVER acceptable behavior to assault a colleague, even when arguing? I swear, it seems like these Kochalytes think that the law (and human decency) doesn't apply to them.
If this is true, then Prosser should step down immediately. Think Progress again:
If these allegations prove true, Prosser is guilty of a very serious crime.
Under Wisconsin law, “[w]hoever intentionally causes bodily harm or threatens to cause bodily harm to the person or family member of any judge . . . is guilty of a Class H felony,” except with certain exceptions that don’t apply here.Sadly, this is not the first time Prosser stands accused of a sexist attack on one of his fellow justices — although it appears to be the first allegation where he actually laid hands on one of his colleagues. Last year, during an argument with Chief Justice Shirley Abrahamson, Prosser called her a “bitch”and threatened to “destroy” her.
Like all accused criminals, Prosser enjoys a presumption of innocence and he should not be condemned until the evidence clearly shows that he is guilty. Should the allegations prove true, however, there are at least four paths to remove Justice Prosser from office.