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MADISON (WKOW) -- UW Political Science Professor Charles Franklin says it's going to require a lot disclosure and discussion to understand what really happened.

"We're not really sure about the details except apparently a fairly significant event occurred that shows something about how divided the court is and how that's threatening to get out of control of the normal balance of judicial etiquette," said UW Political Science Professor Charles Franklin.

Franklin adds in many cases, disagreements within the court are kept private.


MADISON (WKOW) -- Wisconsin Supreme Court Justice David Prosser allegedly grabbed fellow Justice Ann Walsh Bradley around the neck in an argument in her chambers last week, according to three sources cited in a Wisconsin State Journal report.

The report says an argument occurred before the court's release of a decision last week upholding a bill that cut nearly all collective bargaining rights of most public employees.

The unnamed sources said the argument culminated in a physical altercation in the presence of other justices when Bradley purportedly asked Prosser to leave her office, and Prosser grabbed her by the neck with both hands.

Both justices declined comment to the reporters covering the story, but the sources said that Capitol Police Chief Charles Tubbs was notified of the incident but declined to comment to Wisconsin Public Radio, according to the report.

The Wisconsin Judicial Commission, a body that investigates allegations of misconduct involving judges, was also made aware of the incident, a source said.

The incident was investigated jointly by reporters Bill Lueders and Kate Golden, of the Wisconsin Center for Investigative Journalism, and Wisconsin Public Radio reporters Gil Halsted and Teresa Shipley.

The state Supreme Court voted 4-3 to overturn Dane County Judge Maryann Sumi's ruling that the bill didn't follow the state's open meeting laws. The court's decision cleared the way for the law to take effect.

Prosser narrowly won reelection in April over JoAnne Kloppenburg, but not before a statewide recount was finished.

Justice Prosser told the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel the anonymous claims made to media will be proven false when there is a proper review of the matter.

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