Wisconsin Supreme Court Justice Ann Walsh Bradley is accusing fellow Justice David Prosser of putting her in a chokehold during a dispute in her office, reports the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. “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 newspaper. Other sources say Bradley charged Prosser, who raised his hands to defend himself and made contact with her neck.
A joint investigation by Wisconsin Public Radio and the Wisconsin Center for Investigative Journalism first reported on the incident Saturday, stating that Prosser “allegedly grabbed” Bradley around the neck. The confrontation occurred June 13, the day before the high court’s release of a decision upholding a bill to curtail the collective bargaining rights of public employees. Bradley was bothered by disparaging remarks Prosser had made about Chief Justice Shirley Abrahamson, a source said. Before leaving, Prosser “put his hands around her neck in what (Bradley) described as a chokehold,” the source said. “He did not exert any pressure, but his hands were around her neck,” the source said, adding that the act “was in no way playful.”