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.
Details of the incident, investigated jointly by Wisconsin Public Radio and the Wisconsin Center for Investigative Journalism, remain sketchy. The sources spoke on the condition that they not be named, citing a need to preserve professional relationships.
They say an argument that occurred before the court’s release of a decision upholding a bill to curtail the collective bargaining rights of public employees culminated in a physical altercation in the presence of other justices. Bradley purportedly asked Prosser to leave her office, whereupon Prosser grabbed Bradley by the neck with both hands.
Capitol Police Chief Charles Tubbs was notified, and the fact that both Prosser and Bradley refuse to speak in public about it indicates that there is legal action afoot.
Per Think Progress, there are four ways Prosser can be removed from the bench, but since three of them would require either Prosser or his Republican colleagues in the state legislature to be fundamentally decent persons, the most likely avenue would be via a recall — and since recently-elected officials are allowed a one-year grace period (which is why Wisconsin must wait until late January before recalling Scott Walker), Prosser would be guaranteed to sit in judgement of persons far less nasty than him for nearly another year.