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Wis. justice: Colleague must recuse from case

Justice David Prosser

MADISON, Wis. (AP) – Wisconsin Supreme Court Justice David Prosser has asked another colleague to step out of his discipline case.

The Wisconsin Judicial Commission has accused Prosser of violating judicial ethics when he allegedly placed his hands around Justice Ann Walsh Bradley’s neck during an argument last year in front of four other justices.

The ultimate decision on punishment would fall to the seven-justice court. On Tuesday Prosser asked Justice Michael Gableman to recuse himself because he was a witness.

Prosser has asked four other justices – Bradley, Shirley Abrahamson, Patrick Crooks and Pat Roggensack – to get out, too. So far only Roggensack has agreed.

If Prosser can convince four justices to recuse themselves, the discipline case would likely end for lack of a quorum.

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