Friday, March 16, 2012

If It's Friday, Let The Heavy News From Madison Flow - - In Re: Prosser's Chokehold

Three ethics/disciplinary charges filed against Prosser in the infamous "chokehold" incident.

Factoid from the story:

It is the third time since 2007 that formal ethics charges have been submitted against a Supreme Court justice. Prior to that, it had never happened.

The high court reprimanded Justice Annette Ziegler in 2008 for violating ethics rules. The court split 3-3 in 2010 on whether Justice Michael Gableman had violated ethics rules.


Anonymous said...

Interestingly, in an informal online WI Bar member poll Prosser said he was in favor of disbanding the Wisconsin bar. He used a swear in his comment, I don't recall which 4 letter word, but he certainly comes off as a hothead at every opportunity. Actually I got that wrong, the question was Should membership be voluntary and not as now a requirement to practice law in WI. I take it as a de facto disbanding so that's just how it seems to me.
Anyways, Prosser...always a law unto himself, he doan need no peers peering over his shoulder.

p.s. It's too friggin' hot for March, this just ain't right.

Paul Trotter said...

I realize this has to be done but in the end it will be a 3-3 split vote. The judges judge themselves. So 3 unethical judges voting to support another unethical judge. What a sham!

James Rowen said...

More likely 3-2, w/ Prosser and Bradley out.

Paul Trotter said...

Why Bradley? She isn't charged or would she recuse herself. If so why- it certainly isn't the norm.

Could GABE be charged also. Then what?

Jake formerly of the LP said...

A big hidden story here is that the Judicial Commission clearly agrees with the Bradley side of the story over the Prosser one. Which makes me wonder if Gableman might also be facing some reprimands for lying in his testimony about Prosser's "praying pose" and that Bradley once attacked him in session on his birthday...on a date when the Supreme Court wasn't in session.