At the Wisconsin Supreme Court, things are getting ugly
June 27, 2011|By Luke Broadwater
There are outrages in life so horrible that choking someone might be a reasonable response. For instance, a chokehold might be appropriate for an extremely bad dancer at a nightclub or that annoying woman who keeps talking too loudly on her Bluetooth on the bus.
One outrage that does not necessitate choking, however, is disagreement over arcane, technical legal points.
Hilariously, at the Wisconsin Supreme Court they do not see it this way.
Supreme Court Justice Ann Walsh Bradley is accusing fellow Justice David Prosser putting her in a chokehold during a dispute in her office earlier this month:
"The facts are that I was demanding that he get out of my office and he put his hands around my neck in anger in a chokehold," Bradley told the Journal Sentinel.
What would precipitate such a lashing-out of violence? Why, disagreements over new rules concerning collective bargaining, of course.
But it's not the first time this state Supreme Court has gotten ugly. Prosser called Chief Justice Shirley Abrahamson a "bitch" and threatened to destroy her in March.
"In the context of this, I said, 'You are a total bitch,' " Prosser said, according to the Journal Sentinel. "I probably overreacted, but I think it was entirely . . . warranted. They (Abrahamson and Bradley) are masters at deliberately goading people into perhaps incautious statements. This is bullying and abuse of very, very long standing."
I don't know who's right here, but the whole dispute is making Wisconsin's high court look downright silly. At least it's providing entertainment for the rest of the country. Maybe we can invite Prosser here to teach some jiu-jitsu moves to our judges?