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Prosser Not Taking Leave From Court During Alleged 'Chokehold' Investigation

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Unnamed sources supportive of Prosser have accused Bradley of initiating the violence, saying that she charged at Prosser with her fists raised, and then Prosser made contact with her neck when trying to block her.

The matter is currently under investigation by the Dane County Sheriff's Office, as well as the state Judicial Commission.

Back in March, the state of civility on the court became an issue in Prosser's re-election campaign, when it was reported that in 2010 he had called another one of the court's liberals, Chief Justice Shirley Abrahamson, a "total bitch" and threatened to "destroy" her. When this was reported in March, Prosser seemed to simultaneously back off from and stick by the comment, blaming both Abrahamson and Bradley, the latter of whom he is now accused of assaulting:

"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."