Sad Days for Wisconsin: Supreme Court A Joke or “Prosser is a bit of a prick”
Sure the Wisconsin Supreme Court upheld the unpopular measure to limit collective bargaining, but a female justice was also assaulted by a male justice in a physical confrontation related to that vote. “Justice” Prosser has been accused of trying to strangle Justice Bradley over the votes on the collective bargaining measure. Now, other leaders are calling for Prosser to be be placed on leave, pending an investigation. Why hasn’t he been placed on leave? Good question, considering that he tried to choke his colleague. Don’t you really believe in a judge who resorts to physically assaulting his colleague in a legal argument? How about belief in a “justice” who calls his colleagues “bitches”?
The issue? Prosser calling Chief Justice Shirley Abrahamson a “total bitch.” Prosser has gone public to say that he did in fact call Abrahamson the name, but he stressed that he meant it. He also promised to “destroy” her. The controversy has now pulled other justices into the fray on both sides.
Prosser insists that Abrahamson was working against him politically as well as other court conservatives. He said that he “probably overreacted, but I think it was entirely warranted. . . . They (Abrahamson and Justice Ann Walsh Bradley) are masters at deliberately goading people into perhaps incautious statements. This is bullying and abuse of very, very long standing.”
Bradley recounted the confrontation in an email: “In a fit of temper, you were screaming at the chief; calling her a ‘bitch,’ threatening her with ‘. . . I will destroy you’; and describing the means of destruction as a war against her ‘and it won’t be a ground war.’”
What’s even more sad about this story is that one of the other female colleagues involved in the “bitch fight” had the gall to blame the woman that Prosser insulted:
Bradley’s email led another justice to criticize her for airing the issue to a wider audience. Justice Patience Roggensack wrote to Bradley, stating
“You were trying to make David look bad in the eyes of others, as a person who uses language that we all find offensive – and I include David in that ‘we,’ . . .Do you think that copying others on your e-mail increased the collegiality of the court or decreased it?
You are a very active participant in the dysfunctional way we carry-on. (As am I.) You often goad other justices by pushing and pushing in conference in a way that is simply rude and completely nonproductive. That is what happened when David lost his cool. He is not a man who attacks others without provocation. Until you realize that you are an active part of the provocation, not much will change. Perhaps a third party will help you realize that you are not part of the solution; you are part of the problem.”
Right, because as this “Justice” Roggensack says, Justice Bradley deserves it–purely from a woman-to-woman point of view. Who are these “justices,” the man who called the woman a bitch, and the woman who chastised another woman for deserving a male assault for “provocation” to rule in matters of high law? Did I hear that correctly, that a female justice said another justice “deserved it” for “provoking the man?”
Let me get this straight: in the eyes of the highest court of Wisconsin, a fellow male justice can be “provoked” to assault another woman, or call her a bitch and this is acceptable? Who is this crazy Roggensack woman anyway?
Prosser apparently said his bitch comment was and “overreaction:”
Notably, in the earlier controversy, Prosser included Bradley in his complaint about being harassed and pushed to profanity: “I probably overreacted, but I think it was entirely warranted…They (Abrahamson and Justice Ann Walsh Bradley) are masters at deliberately goading people into perhaps incautious statements. This is bullying and abuse of very, very long standing.”
Bradley told the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel about the incident and described the encounter:”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.”
Another reader on another blog points out that Prosser’s defense sounds childish:
Prosser claims he “probably overreacted” … probably?
Let’s get this straight, you called her a “bitch” but she “is bullying and abuse of very, very long standing.”
Then another judge criticizes the alleged bitch “You were trying to make David look bad in the eyes of others, as a person who uses language that we all find offensive – and I include David in that ‘we,’ . . .Do you think that copying others on your e-mail increased the collegiality of the court or decreased it?”
Hey, she wouldn’t have had anything to email anybody about if he’d kept his foul mouth shut.
Well, certainly Prosser is not a gentleman … one could even venture the opinion that he is a bit of a prick.–Blouise
Bit of a prick seems an understatement, criminal comes to mind. We all know that calling a chief justice a bitch is just “incautious,” right? Well, and choking your female colleague goes with the territory? Seriously, are all the Wisconsin Supreme Court members on crack? What excuse could they even use to justify this level of violent and irrational behavior?
There is a very nuanced article regarding Prosser’s problem: “What to do about high court’s Prosser problem,” in which the writer details the relationship between Prosser and Walker, and then goes on to list the manner in which Prosser has pushed unlawfully to push Gov. Walker’s measures through the court all while abusing multiple female colleagues. One female justice, Raggensack, apparently has been enabling Prosser’s increasingly violent and unpredictable behavior.
Prosser and Walker worked together as senators, and Prosser then moved to the Supreme Court and changed the meaning of the open meetings laws to allow his old friend Gov. Walker’s proposals to be pushed through. He has called the chief justice a total bitch, without remorse, and while blaming the chief justice for his temper. He has now assaulted Bradley, and still he remains in office?
Could some of this lack of investigation simply be the result of the general public not knowing what to do when their Supreme Court judges act as though they are experiencing a mental breakdown? And then, would that annul any legal arguments they had written, such as those in written in favor of their own personal friends?
The Wisconsin Supreme Court also wrote their own opinion stating that they didn’t need to recuse themselves even when they acknowledged they were writing an opinion for a campaign donor. It’s wholly discouraging that the court can admit to being bought and agree to violence and still make the laws of the State. How soon can Raggensack and Prosser be moved to the jail cells?
- Wisconsin Supreme Court Upholds Anti-Public Collective Bargaining Law (lawprofessors.typepad.com)
- Wisconsin Supreme Court says elections still matter. (whynotnashville.wordpress.com)
- When Judges Attack: Wisconsin Supreme Court Justice David Prosser Accused Of Choking Colleague During Argument (jonathanturley.org)
- Wisconsin Supreme Court Judges in Choking Brawl (fellowshipofminds.wordpress.com)
- Right Wing Wisconsin Supreme Court Judge David Prosser Assaults Female Justice (skydancingblog.com)