Wisconsin Judicial Commission Seeks Disciplining of Prosser

A Wisconsin Supreme Court justice’s alleged chokehold on another justice has drawn additional media attention in Wisconsin. A special prosecutor for the Wisconsin Judicial Commission has recommended disciplining of Justice David Prosser in two conflicts on the bitterly divided court, according to an ABA Journal article. In one episode, Justice Prosser allegedly put his hands around Justice […]

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Scholar: Wisconsin Judge's Response to Ethics Case a Stretch

Wisconsin Justice David Prosser, accused of breaching the state’s judicial ethics code, recently contended that a state disciplinary commission’s investigation was itself a violation of his constitutional rights (see Gavel Grab). To an expert on judicial conduct and ethics, Justice Prosser’s approach is a stretch. “This is the first I’ve seen where [judicial] conduct on […]

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In Wisconsin, High Court Says No to Counseling

Wisconsin’s dissension-riddled supreme court rejected the idea of hiring an organizational consultant to repair the court’s damaged communications, but it did approve a statement pledging to work more collegially. The proposals were among a dozen put forward by Chief Justice Shirley Abrahamson after a widely publicized physical altercation occurred between two justices in June while they discussed […]

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More Crossfire in Big-Spending WI Race

The furious mud-slinging continued in Wisconsin’s highly politicized state Supreme Court race as TV spending by special interest groups climbed to $2.2 million by Thursday. At the current pace, spending by outside groups could surpass the $3.4 million poured into Wisconsin’s nasty  2008 Supreme Court race, a Milwaukee Journal Sentinel article reported. The figures were […]

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Before Election, Ugly WI Court Rifts Exposed

With an election for the Wisconsin Supreme Court less than three weeks away, unusual details of bitter infighting on the court and a threat by one justice to “destroy” another have become public. Justice David Prosser (photo at right), who is running for reelection against attorney JoAnne Kloppenburg, figures centrally in the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel […]

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