When I first saw the WSJ article (on Twitter) and put a blog entry together (about 2:20pm, Saturday afternoon) I was willing to believe that more needed to come out but that the issue of these kinds of interactions, and Prosser's history of name calling, etc., unfortunately made it too believable. I can only wonder if he has always been like this or is it a more recent expression of personality - draw your own conclusion! What has been universal is as I related what was reported, that people said, "That can't be true!?"
Was it that people did not believe me or my account? No, I don't think so. They were offended, affronted, shocked, astounded - pick your adjective or adverbs (if you are really stunned)! This was the behavior of a Wisconsin State Supreme Court Justice. How could he be elected. How could he be capable of this kind of "stunt". He evidently is living pretty close to the edge - ~750,000 people in this state better do a little self-reflection before they simply vote ideology without really knowing the candidate.
By later in the day or early evening the situation had become even a little more strange. I gather Prosser came out first with a "self-defense" argument such that Bradley had to at least counter with her own statement of incredulity.
Prosser should resign but he will not. He is the precursor of Scott Walker: fostered, selected into, cultivated and promoted by the Republican Party of Wisconsin.
Prosser seems to not have much decorum left. If this turns out to be a faithful and truthful account he should resign.
Wisconsin State Journal -
Wisconsin Supreme Court Justice David Prosser allegedly grabbed fellow Justice Ann Walsh Bradley around the neck in an argument in her chambers last week, according to at least three knowledgeable sources.
Details of the incident, investigated jointly by Wisconsin Public Radio and the Wisconsin Center for Investigative Journalism, remain sketchy. The sources spoke on the condition that they not be named, citing a need to preserve professional relationships.
They say an argument that occurred before the court’s release of a decision upholding a bill to curtail the collective bargaining rights of public employees culminated in a physical altercation in the presence of other justices. Bradley purportedly asked Prosser to leave her office, whereupon Prosser grabbed Bradley by the neck with both hands.