Lib Fail. Special Prosecutor Says No Charges Will Be Filed Against WI Justice Prosser
A special prosecutor announced today that no charges will be filed against Wisconsin Supreme Court Justice David Prosser after he was accused of choking far left Justice Ann Walsh during an argument. Walsh reportedly charged Prosser and attacked him during the incident.
JS Online reported:
Neither Supreme Court Justice David Prosser nor fellow Justice Ann Walsh Bradley will face criminal charges for a June altercation that broke out as the judges were considering Gov. Scott Walker’s union bargaining law, a special prosecutor has determined.
In an interview, Sauk County District Attorney Patricia Barrett steered resolutely clear of specifics about the reasons for her decision.
“The totality of the facts and the circumstances and all of the evidence that I reviewed did not support my filing criminal charges,” Barrett said Thursday.
She did, however, note that varying accounts were given by witnesses – a group that would have included the justices and colleagues – and said that it was common in cases with multiple witnesses. Barrett offered no commentary on the merits of the accusations against the two judges or on whether their conduct was fitting for justices in the state’s highest court.
“It’s not my job to determine what’s becoming,” Barrett said.
Bradley has said Prosser put her in a “chokehold” during a June argument over a case in her chambers. Others have said Bradley came at Prosser with fists raised and he put up his hands to block her or push her back.
The incident occurred June 13, a day before the deeply divided court issued a 4-3 ruling upholding Republican Gov. Scott Walker’s legislation curtailing collective bargaining for public employees.
In a statement, Prosser praised the prosecutor and slammed Bradley.
“Justice Ann Walsh Bradley made the decision to sensationalize an incident that occurred at the Supreme Court . . . ,” Prosser said in a statement. “I was confident the truth would come out and it did. I am gratified that the prosecutor found these scurrilous charges were without merit.
“I have always maintained that once the facts of this incident were examined I would be cleared. I look forward to the details becoming public record.”
Legal Insurrection says Justice Bradley should be charged.