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Wisconsin Supreme Court Justice Bradley withdraws from Prosser case

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Justice David Prosser at a post-election news conference (Photo: Wisconsin Radio Network)
Justice David Prosser at a post-election news conference (Photo: Wisconsin Radio Network)

MADISON, WI (WTAQ) - The State Supreme Court Justice who was allegedly placed in a choke hold by Justice David Prosser in 2011 withdrew from Prosser’s disciplinary case Wednesday.

Ann Walsh Bradley filed a document saying she could not rule on an ethics violation against Prosser, should the court be asked to do so.

Prosser – one of four members of the court’s conservative majority – was investigated for a spat with the liberal Bradley the night before the court upheld the limits on public union bargaining. Prosser was never charged in the incident.

Later, the state’s Judicial Commission filed a disciplinary complaint against Prosser, in which the Supreme Court would have the final say. Prosser’s 3 fellow conservatives withdrew earlier, saying they could not rule because they were direct witnesses to the incident. That meant there was no longer a majority of justices to decide the matter – essentially taking Prosser off the hook.

In her filing Wednesday, Bradley said she requested security two months before the incident with Prosser, because she could tell he was getting agitated. At the time, Bradley said she wondered, “what will happen next in this escalating pattern of abusive behavior.”

Bradley also criticized conservative Justice Pat Roggensack for downplaying the court’s internal conflicts during her re-election campaign. 

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