Gavel Grab

Former Aide to Prosser Recommended Ethics Panel Members

A former aide to Wisconsin Supreme Court Justice David Prosser advised Gov. Scott Walker about appointments to a commission that was investigating Justice Prosser, according to a Milwaukee Journal Sentinel article.

Walker relied on those recommendations and appointed three people to the state Judicial Commission who were presented to him by former Assembly Speaker John Gard, who had worked for then-Assembly Minority Leader Prosser in the 1980s.

According to newly released records, Gard said in an email he had found individuals for the panel who were “fiercely conservative” and “will never wimp out.” He had told one of the appointees “what we were looking for and (he) said he would do it if needed,” Gard also wrote.

“To me, it’s aimed directly at trying to get rid of the whole Prosser issue,” said state Sen. Jon Erpenbach, a Democrat.

But Gard told the newspaper he did not talk with the potential appointees about Justice Prosser’s case, nor did he discuss the appointments with the justice.

The commission voted in January to bring an ethics complaint against Justice Prosser before the Walker appointees were seated. Justice Prosser (photo) is accused of putting Justice Ann Walsh Bradley in a chokehold during a disagreement.


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