Prosecutor Sought In Wisconsin Supreme Court Spat
August 1, 2011 by UPI - United Press International, Inc.
MADISON, Wis., Aug. 1 (UPI) — A Wisconsin district attorney called Monday for a special prosecutor in a dispute between two state Supreme Court justices.
Justice Ann Walsh Bradley accuses Justice David Prosser of physically attacking her during an argument in her office June 13, just before the court ruled on a bitterly divisive labor law. He denies it.
Dane County District Attorney Ismael Ozanne in Madison, who was involved in the case the justices were disputing, said he would ask the county’s chief judge to name an outside counsel to ensure there is “no appearance of political motivation for any decisions or outcome,” WISC-TV, Madison, Wis., reported.
Ozanne said that he received the results of the sheriff’s investigation in mid-July.
The Wisconsin Judicial Commission said in June it also was investigating possible ethics violations in the case.
Bradley says Prosser put her in a “chokehold,” but others say she came at Prosser with her fists up and he raised his hands to block her, the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reports.
Ozanne had brought a suit contending a committee broke the open meetings law when it sent the labor legislation to the state Senate. The court rejected his argument, 4-3.