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Former justice says only time will fix conflict on the court


MADISON (WKOW) -- A former justice weighs in on the supreme court drama saying time may be the only cure to the chaos.

Former Justice Janine Geske served on the supreme court for five years between 1993 and 1998. She says if there's a particular time of the year when tensions on the court run high, it's now.

Geske says, "This time of year is very difficult for the supreme court because its the very end of their term. This is their last week when they are trying to get all their decisions out that they've been working on all year by this week."

As a former supreme court justice Janine Geske recalls harsh words being said when she sat on the bench but she says it never escalated to the point of physical violence.

Geske says, "It's shocking we've gotten to a place where there's a criminal investigation." She says, "I think that its going to be a long time for the court to recover from this."

Now a professor at Marquette Law School, Geske, sat on the bench with Justice Ann Walsh Bradley for three years and has known her for almost 20. Bradley is at the center of the controversy, accusing Justice David Prosser of choking her during an argument earlier this month.

Justice Janine Geske says, "I know she is a very quiet person, she's not an aggressive person, she's an individual who would much rather try to work things out. I also know Justice Prosser. He replaced me on the court and I think in part we have to wait for the facts to come out."

Geske says she has no idea how the investigation will all play out, but as far as incivility on the court she says only time can repair the damage.

Justice Janine Geske says, "The court is going to have to work to regain the trust of the public. I think they can do it and its critical to our democracy that they do that."

Geske says, until the investigation is complete, there's no need for anyone to step down. Instead, she suggests personal reflection over the summer break, an agreement from all the justices that they can't continue with the partisan and dysfunctional image they've created.

Justice Janine Geske says, "I'm absolutely sure all 7 of them realize that, that the whole court gets hurt when these things happen."

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