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Wis. justice says another choked her

Associated Press / June 27, 2011

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MADISON, Wis. — A member of the Wisconsin Supreme Court’s liberal faction has accused a conservative justice of choking her during an argument in her office earlier this month — a charge he denied.

Supreme Court Justice Ann Walsh Bradley told the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel that Justice David Prosser put her in a chokehold during the dispute. She contacted the newspaper late Saturday after Prosser denied rumors about the altercation.

“The facts are that I was demanding that he get out of my office, and he put his hands around my neck in anger in a chokehold,’’ Bradley told the newspaper.

Wisconsin Public Radio and the Wisconsin Center for Investigative Journalism, quoting anonymous sources, first reported the argument occurred before the Supreme Court’s decision earlier this month upholding Republican Governor Scott Walker’s bill eliminating most of public employees’ collective-bargaining rights. Prosser then released a statement denying the allegations.

“Once there’s a proper review of the matter and the facts surrounding it are made clear, the anonymous claim made to the media will be proven false,’’ he said.

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