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Justice Prosser demands info from discipline panel (UPDATE)

MADISON, Wis. (AP) – Embattled Wisconsin Supreme Court Justice David Prosser wants a discipline panel to turn over its records related to misconduct allegations the group filed against him last week.

The Wisconsin Judicial Commission accused Prosser of violating the judicial ethics code when he allegedly choked Justice Ann Walsh Bradley during an argument last year. Prosser maintains he was defending himself after Walsh Bradley charged him and the judicial commission is out to smear him.

Prosser sent Jim Alexander, the commission’s executive director, a letter Wednesday saying he wants statements he made to the commission made publicly available. He also demanded the commission give him witness statements and the record of votes the commission took in closed sessions related to the decision to charge him.

Alexander said he referred the request to Milwaukee attorney Frank Gimbel, who is representing the Judicial Commission in the complaint against Prosser.

“I don’t know if this is a discovery request,” Alexander said, “and we need to clarify a number of things. We don’t want to make a mistake releasing anything that wouldn’t be appropriate to release.”

Prosser declined to comment beyond the contents of the letter.

wislawjournal.com’s Jack Zemlicka also contributed to this report.

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