Wisconsin Supreme Court Justice Patrick Crooks has decided not to recuse himself from fellow Justice David Prosser’s ethics case, saying he’s not a witness and is able to handle the case impartially.
Last March, the state Judicial Commission alleged Prosser violated judicial conduct codes in 2011 when he wrapped his hands around Justice Ann Bradley’s neck during a heated argument in her chambers in front of three other justices.
For the case to proceed further, at least four of the seven Supreme Court justices would need to order the appeals court chief judge to call a panel of appeals court judges. That panel would review the case, determine the facts and recommend Prosser’s punishment to the Supreme Court.
But Prosser is unlikely to participate in the case himself and has asked all his fellow justices to step aside, contending they’re witnesses or are biased against him; so far, only Justice Pat Roggensack has done so.
The Associated Press and jsonline.com also contributed to this report.