In a previous post, Paddy wrote about Judge David Prosser grabbing fellow Justice Ann Walsh Bradley around the neck during an argument. This would be the same Prosser who called Wisconsin’s first female justice “a total bitch:”
“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,’ ” [Justice Ann Walsh Bradley] wrote in a Feb. 18, 2010, e-mail to Prosser and others.
Or to be more precise:
“In the context of this, I said, ‘You are a total bitch,’ ” Prosser said.
“I probably overreacted, but I think it was entirely warranted…
This behavior is coming from someone who is supposed to be measured, fair, reasonable, and evenhanded (no pun). So much for judicial temperament.
Wisconsin Supreme Court Justice Ann Walsh Bradley, in part, via JSOnline:
“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… Those are the facts and you can try to spin those facts and try to make it sound like I ran up to him and threw my neck into his hands, but that’s only spin… I’m confident the appropriate authorities will conduct a thorough investigation of this incident involving abusive behavior in the workplace.”
What would Prosser have done if Justice Bradley had put her hands around his neck. How would he spin that, exactly?
A Wisconsinite I correspond with said that if Prosser were to resign, Scott Walker would appoint his replacement, but what if were to be charged with assault and battery?
As for Prosser’s ties to Scott Walker, Firedoglake had this to report:
A couple of weeks ago the campaign manager for the reelection campaign of Wisconsin State Supreme Court Justice David Prosser announced Prosser would “[protect] the conservative judicial majority and [act] as a common sense compliment to both the new administration and legislature,” and [...] Justice Prosser has allegedly made “promises” (or threats, depending on your perspective) to veer far to the right both during and after the election if attacked by the “left” during the campaign.
Furthermore, Prosser’s partisan conservative Republican credentials, already burnished by an appearance at a Tea Party event last year (and do I even have to mention that Americans for Prosperity and FreedomWorks are Koch fronts?), were reinforced just last month by the fact that the Club for Growth, an arch-conservative group which has been funded in part by and linked to the Koch brothers since its founding in 1999, carpet-bombed the Wisconsin airwaves with an unbelievably lavish amount of ads for Prosser during the primary campaign for his seat on the court…
How’s that for impartial?
Think Progress posted Four Ways Justice David Prosser Can Be Removed From Office.
All our Prosser posts are here.