UPDATE: Justice's Recusal Requests Could End Ethics Case

UPDATED Wednesday, April 25, 2012 --- 10:40 a.m.

MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- Wisconsin Supreme Court Justice David Prosser is asking that a fourth colleague on the state's highest court not hear a case involving an ethics violation against Prosser.

The state Judicial Commission has accused Prosser of violating the judicial ethics code when he placed his hands on rival Justice Ann Walsh Bradley's neck during an argument last year in front of four other justices.

Prosser on Wednesday asked that Justice Patrick Crooks recuse himself from the case. Prosser has already asked that Justices Pat Roggensack, Bradley and Chief Justice Shirley Abrahamson not sit on the case.

If three or more justices agree to recuse themselves, the case against Prosser would likely end due to a lack of quorum. Counting Prosser, there are seven justices on the Supreme Court.

Copyright 2012. The Associated Press.

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Posted Thursday, April 24, 2012 --- 8:15 a.m.

MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- Ethics violation accusations against Wisconsin Supreme Court Justice David Prosser may not move forward if his colleagues agree to recuse themselves from the case.

Prosser is accused of placing his hands on the neck of Justice Ann Walsh Bradley during an argument last year in front of four other justices. Prosser has asked three justices to step aside because they were witnesses. If they agree, the case would likely end before an appeals court panel is convened to make recommendations on possible discipline to the Supreme Court.

The Journal Sentinel (http://bit.ly/HYFxRT ) says Prosser plans to ask other justices to step aside as well. So, even if an appeals panel is convened and four or more justices recuse themselves, the high court will not be able to make a decision on Prosser's conduct or possible discipline because of a lack of quorum.

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Information from: Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, http://www.jsonline.com

Copyright 2012. The Associated Press.


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