David Prosser Chokes When it Counts

By YeOldeScribe ~ June 29th, 2011 @ 10:46 pm

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It’s been a long time since we last posted, and we’ve missed you guys as much as (we hope) you’ve missed us. With our writer being on unemployment, we just felt it was necessary to let him get some actual work in during the summer while it was available. Like we posted earlier, he was working a program at UW-Green Bay called the PreCollege program – specifically the Young Writer’s Workshop. During the day, he helped instruct a class of 31 middle school students, all of which qualified for free or reduced lunch and all of which will one day be first generation college students. To say that the program is rewarding is an understatement – it means so much not only for the kids, but also to the instructors. Most of the teachers and teaching assistants are teachers (or soon to be teachers) during the school year as well, and it’s such a joy to work with students who so often fall through the cracks or just get ignored by the system. Our writer could go on and on about the joys of the program, but we’ve got a lot to cover here at Political Progressives, so we’re going to move on to the political news of the day.

We’ve been gone for over two weeks, and a lot has happened since we last posted. And we mean a lot. We’re going to do our best to get caught up, and we’ll do some weekend posts and double posts to make up for the 10 days of posting we missed. But we wanted to come back from hiatus with a bang, and so we decided to start off with our favorite story from the break.

Continuing the Wisconsin theme of “you get what you asked for,” State Supreme Court Justice David Prosser recently decided to remind the half of the state that didn’t vote for him why they made the right decision. According to Justice Ann Walsh Bradely, Prosser attempted to choke her. Yeah, you read that right. Choke her. As in he put his hands around her throat and squeezed. “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,” Bradely said.

Prosser is denying the allegations, of course, but Bradely doesn’t have a history of lying to the media and Prosser does have a history of disrespecting women on the bench. You’ll recall that he called Chief Justice Shirley Abrahamson – one of the most respected Chief Justices in the nation – a “bitch” and told her that “I will destroy you!”

Here’s our reaction, starting with the most obvious: a huge ‘thanks’ is in order for everyone who voted for Kloppenburg, and a huge ‘what were you thinking?’ goes out to everyone who voted for Prosser. It’s not like we didn’t know Prosser had a history of flying off the handle and disrespecting women – that’s who he was when he worked for the GOP, that’s who he was on the campaign trail, and that’s who he is. Our writer made it very clear during the election that he didn’t think Kloppenburg was a great choice either, but at least she wouldn’t be making headlines today for choking another justice.

Second, if the allegations turn out to be true, Prosser should do the honorable thing and step down. I dare you to find one workplace in America where you can verbally assault your boss by calling her a bitch and physically assault a co-worker for no good reason and still keep your job. If he doesn’t, then he should be removed from the post – or at the very, very least sanctioned to the point where he can’t rule on cases until he takes some form of an anger management class. This is absurd. Some people are already trying to play the “but she had it coming” card just like they did when he got into his spat with Abrahamson. We don’t care if she called his mother a two-bit whore who couldn’t pour piss out of a boot with instructions written on the heel – there is no excuse for what Prosser did. None. And if he’s going to get physical with his co-workers, maybe they should publicly spank him as a punishment (although I wouldn’t want to watch that – Prosser is… less than photogenic).

Finally, it’s being reported that the incident happened while the justices were debating the Budget Repair Bill and Judge Maryann Sumi’s decision to declare it null and void. To that, we have to say it’s so sad that the court has become so political that it can’t even pretend to adjudicate cases fairly anymore. The court decided that Sumi didn’t have the power to declare the law unconstitutional and that “enough” notice was given and “enough” people were allowed in to the secret meeting that sealed the bill’s fate. The court blatantly ignored everything Sumi cited in her decision, blatantly ignored the state’s constitution and just did whatever the majority’s masters (read: Scott Walker et. all) wanted. We’ll admit that we’re pretty sore about the court’s decision, and we’ll go more in-depth on that call later. But even given that – choking someone because they disagree with you? And the fact that it was Prosser (a member of the majority) choking Bradley (a member of the dissenting opinion) makes the case even stranger. It takes a special kind of stupid to assault someone once you’ve already won the battle.

We really can’t begin to express our disgust with Prosser at the moment. First, for winning an election he shouldn’t have won – and that we feel he legitimately didn’t. Second, for throwing out case law and the constitution in making his decision on the Budget Repair Bill. And finally, for disrespecting his co-workers so much that he feels physically assaulting them is an appropriate way of getting his message across.

The only thing that we could compare it to is this excellent Chapelle’s Show clip. Just replace ‘Wayne Brady’ with ‘David Prosser’. (about 2 min in if you want to skip to the punchline)

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