Justice Prosser demands rivals quit discipline case

Panel: Time to move on discipline for state Supreme Court justice

Wisconsin Supreme Court Justice David Prosser wants a pair of rival justices to recuse themselves from his discipline proceedings.

The Wisconsin Judicial Commission has accused Prosser of violating the judicial ethics code when he allegedly choked Justice Ann Walsh Bradley during an argument last year. Prosser maintains Walsh Bradley charged him and he defended himself.

Three appeals court judges will make a recommendation on discipline to the Supreme Court.

Prosser filed motions Thursday asking Walsh Bradley and her ally, Chief Justice Shirley Abrahamson, not to participate in the discipline, saying they’re both witnesses to the incident and they’re biased against him.

Prosser and three other conservatives on the court have been feuding with the liberal-leaning Walsh Bradley and Abrahamson for years.

Abrahamson told Prosser’s lawyers Thursday the discipline case isn’t before the Supreme Court yet and any response would be premature.

In a statement, Walsh Bradley called Prosser’s motion “rife with inaccurate statements and unfounded attacks.”