Justice’s recusal requests could end Supreme Court ethics case

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

Ethics violation accusations against Wisconsin Supreme Court Justice David Prosser may not move forward if his colleagues agree to recuse themselves from the case.

Prosser is accused of placing his hands on the neck of Justice Ann Walsh Bradley during an argument last year in front of four other justices. Prosser has asked three justices to step aside because they were witnesses. If they agree, the case would likely end before an appeals court panel is convened to make recommendations on possible discipline to the Supreme Court.

The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel said Prosser plans to ask other justices to step aside as well. So, even if an appeals panel is convened and four or more justices recuse themselves, the high court will not be able to make a decision on Prosser’s conduct or possible discipline because of a lack of quorum.