Your Views: Justice Bradley's account of clash calls into question her integrity
There is a highly qualified, ethical candidate for Wisconsin Supreme Court who is enthusiastically endorsed by many organizations and Republican and Democratic law enforcement. That candidate is Judge James Daley.
His opponent, Justice Ann Walsh Bradley, has a history of making controversial decisions, including voting against voter ID. But most troubling is Bradley's lack of integrity in the physical altercation Bradley had with Justice David Prosser during an argument over Act 10 in 2011.
Bradley leaked to the press allegations that Prosser put her in a chokehold, in spite of evidence that Bradley not only embellished the account of an “angry chokehold,” but was likely the provocateur of the incident.
William Jacobson at Legal Insurrection summarized the interviews with the justices who witnessed the incident. Justices Michael Gableman, Patience Roggensack and Annette Ziegler gave similar accounts of Bradley confronting Prosser with raised fist and that Prosser raised his hands in a “defensive move,” when Bradley “got in his face.” Even liberal Chief Justice Shirley Abrahamson confirmed that Bradley advanced on Prosser and that Prosser did not appear to place any pressure on Bradley's neck.
In her public statements, Bradley repeatedly accused Prosser of choking her, but in her statement to police she stated she “did not recall” Prosser “squeezing or applying pressure around her neck,” admitting to police she charged Prosser and that Prosser never choked her.
Voters concerned about dysfunction on the high court can make a statement April 7. Vote for James Daley.