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Justice Prosser wants recusals in discipline case

Justice David Prosser

MADISON, Wis. (AP) – Wisconsin Supreme Court Justice David Prosser says he’ll ask his colleagues to recuse themselves from his discipline case.

The Wisconsin Judicial Commission filed a complaint against Prosser last week asking the six other justices to discipline him for allegedly choking Justice Ann Walsh Bradley during an argument last June. Prosser contends Walsh Bradley charged him and he defended himself.

Three appeals court judges will make a recommendation on discipline to the Supreme Court. But Prosser tells the Wisconsin State Journal newspaper he believes none of the justices should sit on the case.

He says all of them except Justice Patrick Crooks witnessed the incident and Crooks could be influenced by Chief Justice Shirley Abrahamson and Dane County Sheriff’s detectives.

Information from: Wisconsin State Journal http://host.madison.com/wsj/

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  1. Although Justice Prosser’s attack on Justice Crooks is baseless, he certainly has a point regarding the other justices/witnesses hearing the case. Wis. Stat. s.757.19(2)(b) requires disqualification whenever the judge is “a material witness” in a proceeding. Justice Crooks was the only justice who was not present for the alleged misconduct.

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