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Sheriff Dept. investigating alleged choking of supreme court justice


MADISON (WKOW) -- Dane County sheriff David Mahoney has taken over the criminal investigation into state supreme court justice David Prosser's alleged choking of fellow justice Ann Walsh Bradley.

State capitol police chief Charles Tubbs refused comment on why his department had relinquished responsibility for the probe to Mahoney,  who also declined comment on why he was now in charge,  despite the incident allegedly taking place within the capitol police's jurisdiction.

Walsh Bradley told the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel Prosser choked her in anger.  

The incident took place June 13 -  one day before justices upheld Governor Walker's controversial collective bargaining limits.

Published reports state six of seven supreme court justices were present when disagreements over the collective bargaining matter evolved into Walsh-Bradley demanding Prosser leave her office.

Published reports included claims Prosser acted in self defense.

Prosser was part of the majority in upholding limits on public employee collective bargaining;   Walsh-Bradley was part of the minority dissent.

It's likely Mahoney will forward his investigative findings to Dane County district attorney Ismael Ozanne.   Earlier this month,  Ozanne argued before the high court in favor of disallowing the collective bargaining limits because of the bargaining bill's legislative process.

"Any case that comes into our office,  we would talk about and see if there's a conflict (of interest).   If we perceive a conflict,  then we would ask for a special prosecutor,  either from some other county in the area or somebody else."

In a statement,  the Wisconsin Judicial Commission also announced Monday it is investigating whether actions by any justice amounted to a violation of the judicial code of conduct.   Commission members voted Friday to accept the case.


MADISON (WKOW) --  At the request of the Wisconsin Capital Police Department, the Dane County Sheriff's Office is now investigating the June 13th incident involving an alleged altercation involving Supreme Court justices. 

The Wisconsin Judicial Commission confirmed Monday afternoon that it received information concerning the incident, and it authorized an investigation of the incident at its meeting on Friday, June 24.


MADISON (WKOW) -- Capitol Police officials and officials with the Dane County Sheriff's Office are discussing the possibility of the Sheriff taking over responsibility for the investigation of the incident involving Supreme Court justices.

Sheriff's spokesperson Elise Schaffer says a decision on whether this investigation will change hands could be made by day's end.

Schaffer had no information as to why Capitol Police officials were considering relinquishing control of the investigation.

News reports over the weekend indicate that Justice David Prosser allegedly put his hands around Justice Anne Walsh Bradley's neck during a heated conversation regarding the release of the high court's decision on the contentious collective bargaining bill earlier this month.

Stay with and 27 News for the latest on this developing story.

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