A special prosecutor has been assigned to further investigate a June incident in which Wisconsin Supreme Court Justice David Prosser allegedly grabbed fellow judge Ann Walsh Bradley around the neck in a choke hold while the two argued in chambers.
Patricia Barrett, the Republican Sauk County District Attorney, will be special prosecutor for the case, the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reported.
Barrett said that her politics will play no part in her investigation and, in fact, has long advocated that political affiliations be removed from the legal system.
“Politics should play no role in what we do,” she said.
The Wisconsin Supreme Court is officially nonpartisan, but in electing justices, their parties are noted. Prosser and Bradley’s argument was reportedly about Wisc. Gov. Scott Walker’s slashing of collective bargaining rights, written into the state budget. The justices split along ideological lines, 4-3, to uphold Walker’s budget.
In June, Prosser said that the allegations of him attacking Bradley “will be proven false” after a “proper review of the matter and the facts surrounding it are made clear.”
Bradley responded by saying, “You can try to spin those facts and try to make it sound like I ran up to him and threw my neck into his hands, but that’s only spin.”