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DA Asks for Special Prosecutor to Probe Alleged Altercation Between 2 Wis. Supreme Court Justices

Posted Aug 1, 2011 6:48 PM CDT
By Martha Neil

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After a reported claim by Justice Ann Walsh Bradley that fellow Wisconsin Supreme Court Justice David Prosser put his hands around her throat during a heated debate about the timing of an opinion about a state anti-union law, the local district attorney is asking that a special prosecutor be appointed to probe the incident, which Prosser denies ever occurred.

DA Ismael Ozanne of Dane County, which includes the state capital, has asked Chief Judge C. William Foust to name a prosecutor to investigate what happened on June 13 between Bradley and Prosser, Bloomberg reports.

“We are asking for a special prosecutor because we don’t want any accusations of political motivation,” Ozanne told the news agency.

The Associated Press and the Wisconsin State Journal also have stories.

Additional coverage:

ABAJournal.com: "Wis. Justice Says Her Colleague Grabbed Her Neck During In-Chambers Dispute"

Althouse: "An alternate account of the Prosser-Bradley confrontation surfaces: Did she "charge him with fists raised"?"

The Corner (National Review): "More Details Emerge in Wisconsin’s ‘Chokegate’ "

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