The allegation that Wisconsin state Supreme Court Justice David Prosser grabbed a colleague by the neck has devolved into a he said/she said. Prosser has denied choking Justice Ann Walsh Bradley prior to a ruling on the anti-union law, but Justice Bradley has confirmed the report.
“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 told the Journal Sentinel.
Sources told the Journal Sentinel two very different stories Saturday about what occurred. Some confirmed Bradley’s version. According to others, Bradley charged Prosser, who raised his hands to defend himself and made contact with her neck.
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.
Before Bradley spoke to the Journal Sentinel, Prosser issued a statement that said: “Once there’s a proper review of the matter and the facts surrounding it are made clear, the anonymous claim made to the media will be proven false. Until then I will refrain from further public comment.”
Prior to this incident, in a different context, Prosser was quoted in reference to calling Chief Justice Shirley Abrahamson a “total bitch” by saying, “I probably overreacted, but I think it was entirely warranted. They [Abrahamson and Bradley] are masters at deliberately goading people into perhaps incautious statements.” It’s at least possible that’s where this story will end.