Last week, Rick Ungar wrote a column in which he described how a ruling by the Wisconsin Supreme Court
revealed, by way of written opinion, a now ‘out in the open’ battle between the members of the court wherein the minority opinion bluntly and directly accused the majority of fudging the facts to reach the decision they had already determined they wanted to reach. The minority opinion further alleged that the majority was driven by political motives rather than the desire to deliver a fair and judicious opinion.
In the world of the law, this is beyond huge. This is gargantuan. Of course, it is no secret that high courts will, from time to time, give us reason to believe that politics might be at work. However, members of such a court use extraordinary care and caution to avoid calling out a fellow justice for doing what is considered the unthinkable.
But he still meant “‘out in the open’ battle” metaphorically, I think. Today we find that one of the Republicans (in that majority) would like to make “No Comment On Report That I Grabbed Female Justice By The Neck”:
[A]n argument [occurred] before the court’s release of a decision upholding a bill to curtail the collective bargaining rights of public employees culminated in a physical altercation in the presence of other justices. Bradley purportedly asked Prosser to leave her office, whereupon Prosser grabbed Bradley by the neck with both hands.
Back in March, after Prosser was quoted as calling (Wisconsin Supreme Court Chief Justice) Shirley Abrahamson, a “total bitch,” he manfully admitted that:
“I probably overreacted, but I think it was entirely warranted…They (Abrahamson and Justice Ann Walsh Bradley) are masters at deliberately goading people into perhaps incautious statements. This is bullying and abuse of very, very long standing.”
I wonder what sort of bullying and abuse Bradley used to goad him into trying to strangle her? These women, they’re masters at that sort of deliberate provocation, you see.