Two investigations have been opened into an altercation involving two Supreme Court justices.
The Dane Co. Sheriff’s office will handle one probe into June 13 physical contact between Justices David Prosser (left0 and Ann Walsh Bradley, and the Judicial Commission confirmed it’s also looking into allegations of “an incident that occurred at the Wisconsin Supreme Court.”
If you don’t know the backstory, here is a quote from 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 [Justice David Prosser] 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.”
That altercation took place during the Gov. Scott Walker anti-union, anti-collective bargaining, anti-worker, anti-middle class legislation battle, and the subsequent decision by the Wisconsin Supreme Court in Walker’s favor.
Of course, it goes without saying that only the finest legal minds will ultimately determine the outcome of this astonishing and violent conflict, and only in the fairest, most responsible and objective manner.
Commission spokesman James Alexander explained that the commission itself does not mete out judicial discipline. “The commission is just an investigatory and prosecutorial agency,” Alexander explained. “It can’t make findings of fact and law. We have to try our cases like anyone else.”
Instead, in cases of alleged misconduct by a judge, the commission’s attorneys try a case before a three-judge panel, selected by the Chief Judge of the Court of Appeals. “They make findings of fact, and conclusions of law,” said Alexander, “and make recommendations to the Supreme Court.”
It is then the Supreme Court that makes the final decision. [...]
TPM asked Alexander whether in a case of alleged attack by one judge against another judge, would both judges be required to recuse themselves. Alexander declined to comment.
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