According to liberal Justice Ann Walsh Bradley, Prosser allegedly choked her by the neck during an argument over the court’s decision to uphold Governor Walker’s anti-union legislation.
A joint investigation by Wisconsin Public Radio and the Wisconsin Center for Investigative Journalism first reported on the incident early Saturday, stating that Prosser “allegedly grabbed” Bradley around the neck.
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’s allegation would need proof by means of a witness to hold up in a court of public scrutiny and there are; none of which have refuted that the event took place.
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reports:
A source who spoke to several justices present during the incident told the Journal Sentinel that the confrontation occurred after 5:30 p.m. June 13, the day before the high court’s release of a decision upholding a bill to curtail the collective bargaining rights of public employees.
Six of the court’s seven justices – Justice N. Patrick Crooks was not present – had gathered in Bradley’s chambers. Some were informally discussing the decision.
The conversation grew heated, and Bradley asked Prosser to leave. Bradley was bothered by disparaging remarks Prosser had made about Chief Justice Shirley Abrahamson, a source said.
Bradley felt Prosser “was attacking the chief justice,” the source said.
Before leaving, Prosser “put his hands around her neck in what (Bradley) described as a chokehold,” the source said.
“He did not exert any pressure, but his hands were around her neck,” the source said.
The source said the act “was in no way playful.”
But another source told the Journal Sentinel that Bradley attacked Prosser.
“She charged him with fists raised,” the source said.
Prosser “put his hands in a defensive posture,” the source said. “He blocked her.”
In doing so, the source said, he made contact with Bradley’s neck.
Bradley is then said to have immediately complained of being choked. So, Prosser’s defense is, the bitch made me do it. Or, accidentally my hands fell around her neck. Either way, it’s unbecoming behavior for a Justice.
If you’ve ever known a victim or perpetrator of domestic abuse, it’s always his or her fault for provoking the offender, but let’s hope this isn’t the case. The rise in violent behavior does not any need help by our elected Justices.
The other Justices present didn’t return calls or declined to comment, so we’ll have to wait and see how this turns out, however, Prosser has admitted to abusive behavior in the recent past.
Last year, Justice David Prosser exploded at Chief Justice Shirley Abrahamson behind closed doors, calling her a “bitch” and threatening to “destroy” her.
Prosser admitted the incident but said he thought it was becoming public in an attempt to hurt him politically.
Shouldn’t these incidents of abuse by elected Justices always be made public? Yes, yes they should.
These witnesses, only back up Bradley’s claim — his hands were on her neck and a man should not put his hands on a woman. Period.
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