WI Supreme Court Justice accused of assaulting a female colleague

Wow. David Prosser, a conservative Wisconsin Supreme Court Justice and cheerleader for Gov. Walker’s anti-union efforts, has been accused of physically assaulting his colleague Justice Ann Walsh Bradley during a recent argument. TPM reports:

New details are emerging in this weekend’s story that Wisconsin Supreme Court Justice David Prosser — a member of the court’s 4-3 conservative majority who was just re-elected to a ten-year term in a heated race that involved a recount and vote-tabulating controversies — allegedly attacked liberal Justice Ann Walsh Bradley during an argument over the court’s recent decision regarding the upholding of Gov. Scott Walker’s anti-public employee union legislation. Now, Bradley is speaking up, and saying publicly that she was assaulted by Prosser.

“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 Milwaukee Journal Sentinel.

Prosser has an ugly history of this kind of misogynistic behavior. Last last year, he called another female colleague a “total bitch” and then defended himself by saying, “I probably overreacted, but I think it was entirely warranted…They are masters at deliberately goading people into perhaps incautious statements. This is bullying and abuse of very, very long standing.”

As Digby notes, it takes spectacular gall to go with “the bitch made me do it” defense. This time he should probably come up with something else–or else just save everyone some trouble and quickly resign.

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Maya Dusenbery is an Executive Director in charge of Editorial at Feministing. Maya has previously worked at NARAL Pro-Choice New York and the National Institute for Reproductive Health and was a fellow at Mother Jones magazine. She graduated with a B.A. from Carleton College in 2008. A Minnesota native, she currently lives, writes, edits, and bakes bread in Atlanta, Georgia.

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  • http://feministing.com/members/elizabethj/ Elizabeth

    On top of all this bullshit, there was also just an enormous voter fraud investigation. Prosser was actually about 200 votes (ridiculously slim margin in a state-wide election) behind in the election that won him this seat again, just a couple months ago; until an administrator with a history of questionable ethics “found” ~7000 votes she forgot to count for him. (Which is precisely enough of a lead for him that his challenger could not get a state-financed recount.)

    So for me, all this is just misogynist icing on the bullshit cake. He got reelected after all his “bitching” in an extremely questionable election, and even now, so soon after all that, is grabbing women by the neck on the clock.

    I think Wisconsin voters are having an awful lot of buyer’s remorse right now. Or, I hope they are.

  • http://feministing.com/members/gcolas/ Grace

    Yup. I live in Madison, and I am so ashamed that we made Feministing/national news with this. Why can’t we be doing awesome stuff that puts us out there as the cool, liberal state we used to be? Ugh. This is NOT what Wisconsin acts like, I promise.

    • http://feministing.com/members/azure156/ Jenny Gonzalez-Blitz

      No worries! We’ve followed news of the protests and workers’ struggles in Wisconsin, and it seems pretty clear to me at least that not all of Wisconsin shares the attitudes of Prosser and Walker. :) I’m also wondering if an arrest will be made or if Justice Bradley will press charges, seeing as to how this takes his behavior from verbal abusiveness to actual felonius assault?

    • http://feministing.com/members/jessie08/ jessie

      Totally agree, Grace! I live in Milwaukee and I am so embarassed that in one day Wisconsin makes Feministing news twice, but both for shitty reasons like this and the fact our governor is defunding Planned Parenthood. Hopefully with the upcoming recalls, the election in 2012, and a possible Walker recall we can become that cool, liberal state again!