|Wisconsin Justice Ann Walsh Bradley|
MADISON, Wis. — Accusations of a fight between Wisconsin’s divided Supreme Court justices prompted a criminal investigation yesterday and calls from the governor and others to resolve longstanding differences and restore public confidence in the institution.
Justice Ann Walsh Bradley, a liberal, told the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel that conservative Justice David Prosser tried to choke her during an argument in her state Capitol office on June 13, the day before the court handed down a decision upholding a new law that eliminates most public employees’ collective-bargaining rights. Prosser has denied the allegations.
Dane County Sheriff David Mahoney said his office has opened an investigation into the alleged attack at the request of Capitol Police Chief Charles Tubbs, whose agency had original jurisdiction because the argument allegedly took place in the Capitol building.
The state judicial commission, which oversees judicial conduct, said yesterday that it had also opened an investigation.