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Thu Feb 14, 2013, 09:15 AM

Justice Details ‘History Of Abusive Behavior’ At Wisconsin Supreme Court


Wisconsin State Supreme Court Justice Ann Walsh Bradley has decided to have her say.

She’s been publicly silent since the incident on June 13, 2011, in which fellow Justice David Prosser allegedly put his hands around her neck during a heated exchange in the presence of other justices in her judicial chambers. The justices were ostensibly arguing about the court’s decision upholding Gov. Scott Walker’s anti-public employee union legislation.

But in a document filed Wednesday, in which she recused herself from the judicial misconduct case brought against Prosser as a result of the altercation, Bradley offered details about what she called “a history of abusive behavior in our workplace that has escalated from tantrums and rages, to threats, and now to physical contact.”

As early as February 2010, Bradley wrote in the document, she had emailed other justices on the court about Prosser’s “abusive temper tantrums.” In late March 2011, Bradley and Chief Justice Shirley Abrahamson were advised to “take steps for personal security,” according to Bradley.

“To this day, the Chief Justice and I continue to lock ourselves inside our private offices
when working alone because of concerns for our physical safety due to Justice Prosser’s
behavior,” Bradley wrote. “That is not a satisfactory solution. Our court needs to address and solve its workplace safety issue. If nothing is done, I wonder what will happen next in this escalating pattern of abusive behavior.”

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