Wisconsin Supreme Court Justice David Prosser is almost $230,000 in debt and has switched his campaign account to a legal defense fund, according to a report filed Friday with the Government Accountability Board.
The eight-page report covers the first half of 2012. It lists no fundraising, a debt of $228,944 and $2,484 in expenses. Prosser’s January GAB report included the same amount of debt.
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Prosser is fighting charges of judicial misconduct. In March, the state Judicial Commission alleged he violated judicial conduct codes by wrapping his hands around Justice Ann Walsh Bradley’s neck during a heated argument in her chambers in front of three other justices in 2011. By late June, he’d asked all his colleagues to recuse themselves from the case. If at least four do, the case could be dismissed. So far, only Justice Patience Roggensack has recused herself.