August 26, 2011

There never was a "chokehold" in the Wisconsin Supreme Court — so who put that word out there and why?

[NOTE: See the updates to this post, which originally relied on the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel report. The updates summarize the actual investigation file, which contains many reference to a "chokehold."]

This morning, the Dane County Sheriff's Department released 117 pages of records from the Wisconsin Supreme Court "chokehold" investigation. The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel summarized this way:
In interviews with a detective on July 8, [Justice David] Prosser said that during an informal argument between two groups of justices Bradley "charged" him and he put up his hands to defend himself.

"Did my hands touch her neck, yes, I admit that. Did I try to touch her neck, no, absolutely not, it was a total reflex," Prosser said.

Bradley said during the argument she wanted Prosser to leave the suite of offices that serve her and her staff and confronted him to tell him to leave because she felt he was being disrespectful to Chief Justice Shirley Abrahamson.

"You get out of my office," Bradley said she told Prosser during an interview with a detective on June 28. While saying that, she said she was "standing face to face to confront him."
So... she was "standing face to face to confront him." How did she get to the point where she was standing there? Did she "charge" him? It's not so much a discrepancy in the testimony as a time gap in the Bradley version.
Later, Bradley said, she could recall the contact of Prosser's hands on her neck but no pain or pressure that affected her breathing. She did, however, say that she had become emotional after the incident.
So Bradley concedes that Prosser's hands merely made contact with her neck, after she got into the position of being in his face.  This seems like a plain statement that there was no chokehold. But we have heard that Bradley called it "a chokehold."

On June 25, the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reported through an unnamed source:
Bradley felt Prosser "was attacking the chief justice," the source said. Before leaving, Prosser "put his hands around her neck in what (Bradley) described as a chokehold," the source said.
[ADDED: That story begins with a direct quote from Bradley, giving directly to the newspaper: "The facts are that I was demanding that he get out of my office and he put his hands around my neck in anger in a chokehold."]

Reading that story, I wrote:
I want to know not only what really happened at the time of the physical contact (if any) between the 2 justices, but also who gave the original story to the press. If Prosser really tried to choke a nonviolent Bradley, he should resign. But if the original account is a trumped-up charge intended to destroy Prosser and obstruct the democratic processes of government in Wisconsin, then whoever sent the report out in that form should be held responsible for what should be recognized as a truly evil attack.
So what I want to know is who put out the story that Bradley said she was choked and did Bradley herself ever claim to have been choked? It sounds as though she never said that to the investigators (or it would be in the report and the MJS summary today). Did she say it to anyone else?

Let's remember that it was Bill Lueders at the Wisconsin Center for Investigative Journalism who originally broke the story of the incident. On June 25, he wrote:
"Wisconsin Supreme Court Justice David Prosser allegedly grabbed fellow Justice Ann Walsh Bradley around the neck in an argument in her chambers earlier this month."
Reading that, at the time, I questioned this approach to journalism:
I agreed with [Ian Millhiser at the lefty blog Think Progress] that "if it's true Prosser reached a breaking point and started strangling Bradley, he should go." But I wanted to know the whole story. It seemed to me that Lueders had given us "just the snapshot of one hard-to-comprehend instant within the longer event." I was skeptical about the version of the story Lueders had put out, because there had been no arrest and because I found it hard to picture an elderly, dignified man suddenly grabbing a (somewhat less elderly) woman by the neck.
I quoted myself saying "whoever sent the report out in that form should be held responsible for what should be recognized as a truly evil attack" and said:
When I wrote that, it did not cross my mind that the "truly evil" person might be Lueders himself.
Lueders has not yet responded to the special prosecutor's decision not to bring charges. The spotlight belongs on him right now. I want to know who put the word "chokehold" out there and why.

UPDATE: I'm now looking at the investigative file, here.  I'll note the references to choking as I encounter them.
The first one is on page 3, from a report of the police interview with Justice Bradley's husband Mark Bradley. He said that on the evening after the incident, his wife — who had been "distraught" and "sobbing" — said "Dave put his hands around my neck to choke me." And: "Ann told him that that Justice Prosser grabbed her around the neck and Justice Roggensack separated them."

UPDATE 2: I'm reading the police report of the interview with Justice Annette Ziegler, and I see something that was also in the Mark Bradley interview: Immediately after the incident, Justice Bradley sat down at her desk and started typing. Ziegler said she thought that was inconsistent with having been choked and also noted that Chief Justice Shirley Abrahamson didn't say anything that you'd expect her to say if she'd just seen Bradley choked. Ziegler also commented on the general work environment at the court: She called it "weird." She said that both Prosser and Bradley tend to speak in a "theatrical" style, and that Bradley is "up and down emotionally" while Prosser is "calm."

UPDATE 3: In the police report of the interview with Tina Noldolf, the Supreme Court Marshal, who had interviewed Justice Bradley the morning after the incident, Noldolf says that Bradley said that Prosser's "yelling" at the Chief Justice "caused Justice Bradley to stand up and walk swiftly towards Justice Prosser."  Bradley said she "got in his personal space" and ordered him out of her office, at which point he "grabbed her by the throat." Bradley said that Justice Roggensack "assisted in separating" the 2 Justices and told Bradley she wasn't "acting like yourself" and "You didn't have to rush at Dave." Noldolf also interviewed Abrahamson, who demonstrated Prosser's action with "both of her hands on my neck" and "thumbs in front of my neck and her fingers wrapped around the back of my neck so that her palms were in contact with my neck." Abrahamson "was clear that both of Justice Prosser's hands were around Justice Bradley's neck." Abrahamson indicated that Prosser was "more of the aggressor."

UPDATE 4: Now, let's look at the police report of the interview with Justice Ann Walsh Bradley. According to this report, Bradley had been seated, reading Abrahamson's draft of the dissenting opinion, while Prosser and Abrahamson were arguing. Bradley says she said, "David we're no longer willing to put up with your yelling and abusive behavior," which caused Prosser to moderate his tone as he continued to pressure Abrahamson about getting the opinion out that evening. Bradley then says she noted that the chief justice had been working hard on the 18-page concurring opinion that they'd only received at 1:30 that day. There was some discussion about whether they'd been notified by email on Friday that there would be a concurring opinion, and Bradley went to her computer to look for the email (according to the police report). Prosser reportedly raised his voice again and said "Chief, I have lost confidence in your leadership."
Justice Bradley said she began to walk over toward where Justice Prosser was standing... As she got closer to him Justice Bradley told Justice Prosser, "Buddy don't raise your voice again. I'm no longer willing to put up with this." Justice Bradley described how she was now standing close to Justice Prosser and was "face to face to confront him." Justice Bradley stated that she was pointing with her left hand toward the door that was behind him and said, "You get out of my office." 
So, in her own version of the story, the physical aggression begins with Bradley. She said she wanted to convey that she "meant it." At this point "Justice Prosser grabbed her by the throat in what she described as a 'choke hold.'" She recalls yelling something like "Get  your hands off my neck." Justice Roggensack pulled her back and said, "Ann, this isn't like you,  you charged at him." To which Bradley responded: "I didn't touch him at all." [ADDED: I read that response as implicitly acknowledging that she did charge at him.][ADDED 2: In her second interview with the police, at page 34, Bradley says she addressed Prosser as "Buddy" because "Buddy puts me in control and them in the diminutive."]
Justice Bradley described herself as "feeling eerie" about the whole situation. 
Asked if she feared for her safety at the time, she said "not really." Immediately afterwards, she sat down and typed up what she called "an incident report." She said she soon called Justice Patrick Crooks (the one of the 7 Justices who was not present at the incident) and told him "Prosser just put me in a choke hold."

Interestingly, Abrahamson did not talk to Bradley after the alleged choking. She kept talking to Ziegler, according to Bradley's statement to the police, as Bradley typed up her report and talked to Crooks on the phone. Then, Abrahamson left for dinner, and Bradley subsequently went home and talked to her husband about what to do. Why wasn't Abrahamson involved in any of that? Was it that the incident was inconsequential?

UPDATE 5: 2 days after the incident, there was a conference with all 7 justices and Capitol Police Chief Charles Tubbs. Bradley, according to her police interview, had a typed-up speech to read to the justices.
Justice Bradley said at one point during the meeting, Justice Prosser was talking with Chief Tubbs about having his hands up on Justice Bradley's shoulders. Justice Bradley said she then corrected Justice Prosser by telling him, "No Dave, they were around my neck." Justice Bradley said Justice Prosser did not deny having his hands around her neck and she corrected him and said, "Your hands were around my neck in a choke hold." Justice Bradley said she repeated this quote several times throughout the meeting as if it was a "mantra."
So, clearly, Bradley herself was quite committed to the idea that there was a chokehold. Bradley said that Prosser characterized what she was doing as a "threat":
"Justice Bradley is threatening to go public if I don't go to counseling." Justice Bradley said Justice Prosser continued saying "Justice Bradley and the Chief Justice have been threatening me for years." 
Threatening him for years? The Bradley interview report goes on to accuse Prosser of "making verbal threats."
Justice Bradley said Justice Prosser would go, "Months without having outbursts, but then just goes off." She also said, "You never know what will set him off." Justice Bradley also feels as though Justice Prosser is paranoid and feels like it is getting worse. Justice Bradley feels as though Justice Prosser's anger is focused towards Chief Justice Abrahamson.
UPDATE 6: Next is the interview with Chief Justice Shirley Abrahamson. Like Bradley, she said that what launched Bradley out of her chair was Prosser's statement to that he had lost confidence in Abrahamson. In Abrahamson's version, Bradley "walk[ed] toward Prosser.
The Chief Justice did not recall seeing Justice Bradley's hands raised as she walked by her. Chief Justice stated if there was some sort of gesture, it was non-threatening and it wasn't one that stood out to her. She recalled Justice Bradley might have been motioning towards the door, telling Justice Prosser he needed to "get out of the office."
Might have been motioning... did not recall...  These are careful statements.
The Chief Justice stated she did not see Justice Bradley's fist being raised at any time.
Did she see a fist at all? A non-raised fist?
The Chief Justice said at the point Justice Bradley stood up, it was apparent to her that Justice Prosser's anger seemed very focused and directed towards the herself and not towards Justice Bradley.
The Chief Justice said when Justice Bradley approached Justice Prosser, she observed Justice Prosser put both his hands up and put them on the neck area of Justice Bradley. From the Chief' Justice's vantage point, it did not appear as though Justice Prosser exerted any pressure. She stated "I got the impression there wasn't any pressure because 1 didn't see her eyes bulge or hear her gasp for a breath". The Chief Justice also said "1 did not see her turn color."
So it wasn't an all-out strangling! No one asserted that. But there's a big difference between that — which no one asserted — and the mere putting the hands up in defense — which is what other witnesses saw. "Put them on the neck area" is quite neutral, but it seems as though she's not asserting that Prosser did that out of hostility toward Bradley. It's rather consistent with the version of the story that has Prosser merely reacting in a self-defensive reflex.
The Chief Justice was not watching Justice Prosser's face at all. She did not recall Justice Prosser saying a word during their physical contact. 
That is, Abrahamson provides no evidence that Prosser had an aggressive intent. In her account, Prosser does not advance toward Bradley or do anything other than put his hands up. The hands are "on" — not around — the neck. There's no pressure. And there's no anger.

Abrahamson agrees with other witnesses who said that Roggensack pulled Bradley "away from Justice Prosser's grasp." (I note that the word "grasp" suggests more was going on than the hands-up/on language the police used above.) Abrahamson agrees that Roggensack said "it wasn't like Ann."

Abrahamson said that she thought Prosser should have backed away when Bradley came at him but  "instead he went right for the throat." There's no discussion of the relative height of the Justices. It has been noted that Bradley is taller than Prosser, and that a man has limited options in holding off a woman who is coming at him. But Abrahamson thinks Bradley had already stopped and that Prosser extended his arms forward. [ADDED: Reading farther into the file, I see that the often-repeated belief that Bradley is tall is false. Bradley is 5'3" and Prosser is 5'9".]

Although Abrahamson said Prosser had never made physical contact before, she said he had "outburst" and was "disruptive" at times. She used the term "temper tantrums" and said she "had talked to some of her colleagues and friends about his behavior in the past to try and get outside opinions on how to deal with Justice Prosser." [ADDED: Justice Bradley said "You never know what will set him off," and   Abrahamson said "you never know what's going to set him off." Interesting phrase! You could say that if you're always trying to set somebody off, and only rarely finding the button.]

UPDATE 7: Wisconsin Supreme Court Human Resources Officer Margaret Brady was interviewed because she spoke with Abrahamson the day after the incident and because she attended the June 15th meeting with all the justices (and Chief Tubbs). Brady said that after Bradley gave her prepared speech, repeatedly using the term "chokehold," "Justice Roggensack said that everybody was committed to having a harassment free work environment, and 'You, Ann, went berserk. He wasn't putting pressure on your neck.'"

Brady quotes Prosser:
[H]e was "about one yard from Justice Bradley's office when Ann rushed at me with her fist in my face." Justice Prosser said, "Yeah, I said that I lost faith in the Chief Justice." Justice Prosser said he had "an instantaneous reaction to what happened" and that he felt he had four options of how to deal with it.
Brady didn't write down the 4 options, and, presumably, the reason Prosser chose the one he did (and what, exactly, it was). She did record that he said "two members of the court have made the job unpleasant and 'a deliberate scheme of intended abuse.'" [ADDED: In Prosser's interview, he said he could have pushed her head, her neck, her shoulders, or done nothing. But these are just "intellectual options, not anything he considered in the moment.] Justice Ziegler, according to Brady, spoke more generally about how to improve relations on the court, and Bradley "interrupted" to refocus on the "chokehold."
Justice Roggensack said, "If you are requesting that Justice Prosser get counseling, you both need help."

Justice Bradley responded by saying, "Stop enabling him."
At that point, Brady said, "the tension in the room was as high as it was in the Capitol on March 9th during the protests."

Brady described Bradley, unlike all the other justices (who are reserve), is "very animated" and "effusive." According to Brady, "it was not uncommon for Justice Bradley to talk with her hands or make a fist when she is talking to someone.... Margaret said if you were to ask someone in her office to imitate Justice Bradley, it would be very uncommon if they did not put their fist in the air and talk." This observation cuts 2 ways. On the one hand, it makes it seem more likely that Bradley was waving fists about that day. On the other hand — and this is Brady's interpretation — fist-waving is, for Bradley, an "extension of her expression" and "a very nonthreatening gesture."

[ADDED: In Prosser's interview, he said "he believes the Chief Justice uses Margaret as 'a prop', and she invites her to meetings when she wants to try to intimidate employees, no matter who the employees are."]

UPDATE 8: I'm reading the about the second interview with Justice Bradley, and this is on page 34 it says: "Justice Bradley said for someone to say that she had raised a fist to somebody would be completely out of character for her." A big discrepancy with Brady's statement (just above)? Perhaps you could distinguish "nonthreatening" fist waving and raising a fist to somebody. This interview also contains Bradley's description of trying to "calm" Justice Prosser down by "mimicking him." He was once pounding on the table while talking and she began to pound on the table the same way. Now, is that a way to calm somebody down or a way to wind them up?

UPDATE 9: Finally, the report of the interview with Justice Prosser. Prosser had his lawyer with him and recorded the interview. There is a long description of the substance of the argument among the judges, which culminating in Prosser's statement: "Chief Justice, I have lost confidence in your ability to lead this court." What others have described as "yelling" he calls speaking "with a lot of control."
Justice Prosser said immediately after he made this comment to the Chief Justice that Justice Bradley "charged me." Justice Prosser also described it as, "she exploded out of that room." Justice Prosser said prior to charging him, he said he believes that she was approximately two feet from the threshold of the doorway, inside of her office. Justice Prosser said she had gone approximately five feet total to get from where she was to him. Justice Prosser said he did not believe he moved an inch, he knew he never moved towards her, but he does not recall if he moved back at all. Justice Prosser said he could not initially exit because of the credenza behind him.
Justice Prosser said as he was telling the Chief Justice that he has lost confidence in her leadership his forearms were parallel to the ground with his hands and fingers extended out. Justice Prosser said he talks with his hands generally. Justice Prosser said again that Justice Bradley had "charged at me, it's simple as that" and she came out of her office towards him. Justice Prosser said he has heard some stories that she walked towards him and he said, "No, she charged at me". When she got near him, he said her right fist was in his face. Justice Prosser said as he was approached by Justice Bradley he believes that his hands came up slightly as he leaned backward, "It's as simple as that". Justice Prosser then said, "Did my hands touch her neck, yes, I admit that. Did I try to touch her neck, no, absolutely not, it was a total reflex".
Prosser asserted that Bradley never ordered him to get out of her office. She was "screaming something, and when his hands came in contact with her neck, he does not remember her saying anything about choking her, he remembers her saying, 'Don't you ever put your hands on me.'"

By the way, contrary to what I've read elsewhere, it turns out Prosser is 5'9" and Bradley is 5'3".
Justice Prosser had no recollection of what he thought during this because it happened so fast. Justice Prosser said when his hands came in contact with Justice Bradley's neck, his thought was immediately, "Oh my god, I'm touching her neck." It was immediately after this that Justice Bradley said "don't you ever put your hands on me." Justice Prosser said he does not remember her saying anything about him choking her. Justice Prosser said he was stunned by what happened.... 
Justice Prosser said he believed his hands had open palms and were facing Justice Bradley. Justice Prosser described what he did as a "blocking move" because of how Justice Bradley was coming at him. Justice Prosser said, "I remember feeling her neck." Justice Prosser went on to say that he remembers the warmth on the side of Justice Bradley's neck in his hands as his hands were touching her neck. Justice Prosser said he never squeezed Justice Bradley's neck at any point, and said that his hands were definitely on Justice Bradley's neck versus her shoulders. Justice Prosser said it was a "total reaction to what was happening." We asked Justice Prosser if he recalled what fingers may have touched Justice Bradley's neck, and how they were touching Justice Bradley's neck. Justice Prosser said he could not recall the exact location of his fingers, and he could not recall how many fingers were touching Justice Bradley's neck either during this time. He said he could only recall the warmth in Justice Bradley's neck. Justice Prosser said several times during our contact that this whole incident lasted "a split second". This included the time from Justice Bradley "charging" at him, his reaction with his hands on her neck, to him removing his hands from her neck. Justice Prosser said he had no recollection of his thumbs on Justice Bradley's neck at any point. Justice Prosser could only recall his fingers touching the side of her neck, with one hand on either side of her neck. Justice Prosser said at no point did he squeeze or apply any pressure. 
Justice Prosser said, "What does any self respecting man do when suddenly that man finds that his hands, or part of his hands are on a woman's neck? Get them off the neck as soon as possible". Justice Prosser said this was a "reflexive move". He said he was not hitting her or anything else. Justice Prosser said he did not say anything to Justice Bradley during this time and he does not recall her saying anything to him at this time either. Justice Prosser said he only recalls Justice Bradley saying, "don't you ever put your hands on me", and then telling him to get out of her office. Justice Prosser said Justice Bradley either stepped back, or somebody had pulled her back, but he did not know who would have pulled her back. Justice Prosser said he believed he went limp after he took his hands away from Justice Bradley's neck. Justice Prosser said he did not believe Justice Bradley was angry or upset prior to the time that she "charged me," but when she was telling him "don't you ever put your hands on me" and "get out of my office" she was screaming at him.
Prosser said he simply reacted quickly, without thinking and without having time to feel afraid. He said Bradley looked very angry, and he knows she doesn't like him. He thought there might be to the suggestion, offered by the police, that Bradley felt "a protective instinct for the Chief Justice , and he volunteered that Abrahamson might have some sort of "control" over Bradley.

UPDATE 10: Now we come to the interview with Rachel Graham, the law clerk for Justice Bradley. She overheard the incident. She didn't see it, so her statement is mainly a corroboration of various quotations.

Next is Justice Patience Roggensack:
Justice Roggensack said when Justice Bradley approached Justice Prosser, Justice Prosser raised his hands and put his hands up near Justice Bradley's neck, but his hands were "never in a choke hold." Justice Roggensack said she recalled Justice Bradley saying something to the effect of "don't put your hands on me." Justice Roggensack again stated Justice Bradley had a fist up at this time. Justice Roggensack then said she wanted to make it clear that at no point did Justice Prosser have Justice Bradley in a chokehold, and Justice Prosser never applied pressure with his hands on Justice Bradley. Justice Roggensack said as soon as Justice Prosser's hands were placed on Justice Bradley, she got in between the two of them and she immediately told Justice Bradley that this was not like her.

Justice Roggensack said Justice Bradley had always been a sort of protector for the Chief Justice because they go back a long way and they are friends. Justice Roggensack said if she had not got in between the two of them, she believes Justice Bradley would have "smacked him in the face with her fist." Justice Roggensack said everything happened really fast during this incident. Justice Roggensack said Justice Prosser should have walked away from the incident and Justice Bradley should not have come at him the way she did. Justice Roggensack said in her opinion, "they were both out of line and they were both very angry." Justice Roggensack again said Justice Bradley was "trying to get at him with her fists." Justice Roggensack said she did not recall what was said between Justices Bradley and Prosser as Justice Bradley was approaching him during the incident.
Roggensack said that what caused Bradley to "walk with rapidity" towards Prosser was his statement to Abrahamson that he's lost confidence in her leadership. Prosser had never been arguing with Bradley. Roggensack said that Prosser's hands made contact with Bradley's neck but he never "choked" her.

Roggensack faults both Bradley and Prosser, even though "she could not say if Justice Prosser's reaction was justified, and she could not say whether or not Justice Prosser had any choice but to place his hands on Justice Bradley." Apparently, the speed of Bradley's movement toward Prosser made it hard for her to judge Prosser's reaction.

At the meeting on June 15th, "Justice Roggensack said Justice Bradley mentioned how Justice Prosser had her in a chokehold, and Justice Roggensack responded by saying he did not have her in a chokehold at any point. Justice Bradley responded to her by saying 'that's because you stopped him.' Justice Roggensack told Justice Bradley that she did not stop him from anything, and added, 'I stopped you from hitting him.' Justice Roggensack said Justice Bradley did not react or respond to her making this statement."

Roggensack described Bradley as Abrahamson's protector:
Justice Roggensack believed Justice Bradley was the person that released the info to the press regarding the incident from February 2010 in which Justice Prosser had called the Chief Justice a bitch. Justice Roggensack said that was a closed meeting during which this was said. Justice Roggensack said she recalls during that meeting the Chief Justice was "needling" Justice Prosser at that time, and added that she felt the Chief Justice was "needling" Justice Prosser when they met with her on June 13, 2011 in Justice Bradley's office. Justice Roggensack said when Justice Prosser gets needled by the Chief Justice, and begins to react and respond to the Chief Justice; Justice Bradley steps in right away to protect the Chief Justice.
Oh, lord, that is such lowly office politics! It's not criminal, though. Roggensack thought both Bradley and Prosser could use some anger management lessons.

UPDATE 11: Justice Crooks wasn't present for the incident, so let's concentrate on his statements about the work environment generally.  He relates a story of Justice Prosser calling him a "viper" back in 1999. Interestingly, the problem at the time was that Prosser was supporting Shirley Abrahamson in her bid for reelection and Crooks was not.
Justice Crooks said he has noted Justice Prosser "loses his cool repeatedly." Justice Crooks has witnessed Justice Prosser get red and pound on tables with his fists, and get louder and louder in tone during meetings, conferences and sometimes even during public meetings. Justice Crooks said there are times that nothing happens that trigger Justice Prosser losing his cool. Justice Crooks said he estimated Justice Prosser "explodes and storms out of a room" approximately    three to four times a year.

Justice Crooks said on February 22, 2010, he and Justice Bradley met with John Voelker, Director of State Courts, and Margaret Brady, asking that something be done about Justice Prosser because they felt there was an escalation in violence. This meeting was a result of a February 10, 2010 closed meeting with the Justices, during which, Justice Prosser made the comment to the Chief Justice, "You are a terrible chief. If you do not wi thdraw you are going to be destroyed".    The Chief Justice had responded by saying, "Are you threatening me?" and Justice Prosser said, "Yes, ... you are a bitch" and added, "There will be a war against you and it will not be a ground war". Justice Crooks and Bradley had concerns for the Chief Justice after this, and therefore went to speak with Voelker and Brady.    Justice Crooks said both his law clerk and assistants had told him they felt they were working in "a hostile work environment."...

After the February 2010 incident, Justice Crooks said the chief justice had a friend, who is either a psychiatrist or psychologist; evaluate Justice Prosser's behavior.  Justice Crooks said the behavior was evaluated only by what the Chief Justice told the psychiatrist at the time. The psychiatrist had not talked to anybody about Justice Prosser's behavior, including Justice Prosser. Justice Crooks said the psychiatrist believed that it would be highly unlikely Justice Prosser's behavior would escalate to any sort of violence. Justice Crooks said that it was clear, based on the June 13, 2011 incident, that the psychiatrist was wrong.
Crooks goes on to talk about who he feels "he has to watch what he says to Justice Prosser at all times."  He thinks Prosser should get anger management therapy or something more and guessed that he might be "paranoid or something" (after Prosser said — supposedly — that he thought the Dane County judges  and police are corrupt).

UPDATE 12: Finally, there's Justice Michael Gableman:
Justice Gableman said after the chief justice told them that she might not be ready with her decision until the end of the month, Justice Prosser then, while hunched forward and hands together as if he was praying, said in a "meek and intently sincere" voice, "Chief I have lost total confidence in your leadership."    Justice Gableman said he was not shouting, there was no volume to his voice, there was no swearing, it was not said in a hostile way, and added that it was "a fairly unremarkable comment".

Justice Gableman said it was this comment that he believes prompted Justice Bradley to rush over to Justice Prosser. Justice Gableman said he had not seen Justice Bradley in her office from where he was standing, until she was "rushing towards Justice Prosser" out of her office. Justice Gableman said Justice Bradley got within approximately one foot of Justice Prosser and had what he believed was her right fist in his face. Justice Gableman said he recalled Justice Bradley's blue glasses in her right fist at this time because he remembered thinking that her glasses were about to break. Justice Gableman said Justice Bradley's fist was going towards and away from Justice Prosser's face in almost a punching motion. Justice Gableman said he wanted to make clear that Justice Bradley's fist was not going up and down, but rather in and out towards and away from Justice Prosser during this incident. Justice Gableman said Justice Bradley's fist was in Justice Prosser's face and came within about an inch every time she would extend her fist while speaking to Justice Prosser. Justice Gableman said Justice Bradley was telling Justice Prosser, "You have no right to talk to the chief justice that way." Justice Gableman said Justice Prosser had "a look of shock and surprise" and described him as "looking up" at Justice Bradley. Justice Gableman believes Justice Bradley is a little bit taller than Justice Prosser. Justice Gableman then used the analogy of a photograph regarding President Johnson where he is talking to and leaning over a senator. 
Here's that photograph.
Justice Gableman said he recalled Justice Roggensack saying, "Ann this isn't the person you are. This isn't you." Justice Gableman believed Justice Roggensack was pulling on Justice Bradley's left arm at this time. Justice Gableman said Justice Prosser raised his hands and "pushed" Justice Bradley in "a defensive move". Justice Gableman said he believed Justice Prosser's hands were on the area where the shoulders meet the neck on Justice Bradley at this time. Justice Gableman said it was not a violent push, and after a brief pause he recalled Justice Bradley saying, "you choked me, you choked me." Justice Gableman said he immediately responded to Justice Bradley by saying "he didn't choke you, he pushed you to get your fist out of his face."
I didn't notice that anyone else corroborated that quote. Gableman also misjudged the relative heights of Bradley and Prosser, so I don't know what to make of this story he tells about an incident in 2008:
Justice Gableman said he had been on the court for approximately one month at the time, and while in a meeting with the other justices, Justice Crooks was reading the horoscopes.
Justice Gableman said he remembers making a comment to the chief justice in a joking manner and used her first name, Shirley, during this comment towards her.
The old line from "Airplane!"?
Justice Gableman said right after he said the chief justice's first name, Justice Bradley came over to him, hit him on the back of the head and told him that he needed to show respect to the chief.
Hit him in the head!

That's enough for now. I've read the entire file and summarized or copied what seemed most useful here. I'll reread this tomorrow and pull out a few things and make some observations.


chickelit said...

Althouse deserves Lueders' Pulitzer, IMHO.

Lynne said...

And why is this again "breaking news" on the Madison news site?

Anonymous said...

Zzzzzzzzzzzzzz. Ann, you're boring us with dainty intellectual innanities.

Prosser and their side: bad.

Bradley and our side: good.

No other analysis is necessary or matters.

gerry said...

"whoever sent the report out in that form should be held responsible for what should be recognized as a truly evil attack"

How to hold Lueders responsible is the question. I am ignorant about what may be done? Does the news organ fire him? Does it constitute libel?

rhhardin said...

Bradley is in any event complicit by not denying there was any choking when it came out, no matter who put it out.

But she took an advantage to herself over honor, at least what men take as honor. I don't speak for women.

Carol_Herman said...

The best "political" lesson of all. Prosser stood his ground. And, shut up. He looked very, very uncomfortable when the press had access to the Court House ... and, he got harassed by a journalist. Who followed him to the elevator. And, then?

Perhaps, one of the TV cohorts held the button so the elevator couldn't rise. And, Prosser turned around. To face the back of the elevator.

Oh, yeah. Shirley Ambrahamson "came to court." And, just by chance the TV cameras caught her doing her circus bit for humanity.

Lies are Lies.

The truth won the day.

And, Shirley Abrahamson is now quite well known. Looking for something she can "toss."

So, go ahead. Count how many votes she has to "bring the public in to see conferences?" Hm? Is Crooks in the building? He tends to vote by going home.

Bradley's lucky if Prosser doesn't go after her with a lawsuit.

And, #2: The 4 justices who were "looking" for their chief ... thought, like Crooks, she may have gone home? Didn't want to be found.

Bradley had 4 people she could'a knocked down. She should practice more with her feet.

Anonymous said...

Progressives put the word "chokehold" out there. No progressive/liberal person or publication has at anytime attempted or offered a correction, modification or retraction. And, as Ms. Althouse so deftly points out, the word is still hanging there. Bad fruit on the tree.

Carol_Herman said...

If anyone does Wing Chun, they learn they've got to control their own adrenaline. You only get trouble bwhen you don't appraise your enemy, well, first.

When your enemy thinks you're chicken? That's a good think when it registers so.

Making a prediction: (Sure, always worthless). But I'll predict this one, none the same. Abrahamson doesn't get a majority opinion to sign onto ahead. She's gonna be looking at two other votes, at best. And, if she asks Bradley to write the "descent" ... It's gonna be OUT OF CONTROL! Bradley says so. She says she's able to "qucikly respond" from a seated position ... to reach four of her colleagues ... with fists pounding in the air.

Hey, the fist pounding stuff? It's gonna terrify Crooks. Maybe, he'll just send in his stuff that he composes at home?

Rabel said...

The chokehold comment came from Bradley herself.
From the MJS:

"Wisconsin Supreme Court Justice Ann Walsh Bradley issued a statement late Saturday saying that fellow Justice David Prosser choked her and disputing claims that she attacked him first.

"The facts are that I was demanding that he get out of my office and he put his hands around my neck in anger in a chokehold," she said. "Those are the facts and you can try to spin those facts and try to make it sound like I ran up to him and threw my neck into his hands, but that's only spin."

Lincolntf said...

If Leuders says nothing in the next day or two, we'll know for sure that he made it all up. If he does make a statement, someone else is toast credibility-wise. Like that matters in Madison.

JohnJ said...

JSOnline (June 25, 2011):

"Supreme Court Justice Ann Walsh Bradley late Saturday accused fellow Justice David Prosser of putting her in a chokehold during a dispute in her office earlier this month."

"'The facts are that I was demanding that he get out of my office and he put his hands around my neck in anger in a chokehold,' Bradley told the Journal Sentinel."

jungatheart said...

"at least what men take as honor"


JohnJ said...

Ooops..., sorry, Rabel, you beat me too it.

Carol_Herman said...

My, my, pussycat. Leuder's is just holding the bag!

He put IN what he was TOLD would WORK!

We see this in political operations all of the time.

Maybe, Leuder's is an illegal? Maybe, he or his family got to America on false papers?

Maybe, Shirley Abrahamson "regrets" putting this strange ball in motion?

What was in Prosser's complaint? That one's never gone public. It rests somewhere ... where there's "oversight" of the court system.

Must be in a building that collects cow patties.

edutcher said...


DaveW said...

I think the professor is onto exactly the right point.

Go get 'em. Who started this, when, what was going on at that time and why? How many other lies, misstatements and distortions are there in the narrative that came out?

DADvocate said...

The answer to the "Why" is obvious. I wonder if we'll ever know the who.

Rabel said...

Second best is still pretty good.
I'm suprised the Professor was unaware of this. But it's got to be hard to keep up all the BS coming out of Wisconsin even if you're on-site.

coketown said...

Didn't Bradley put out the "I was choked" meme when she said, "I was choked!"? And another justice said, "You were not choked." Those statements were reported by the media without retraction, so I suppose they were accurate. If--

Oh my God, I just had a flashback to Kloppenberg's haaaaair. Madison politics will haunt me forever. Ewwww.

Carol_Herman said...

Well, we all know, now, how long it takes for the truth to put his pants on.

While the word that "solves" the crises caused by Bradley ... is by denying she ever said "choke hold."

If she said it ... She said it in surprise that Prosser was still standing!

4 standing justices.

And, then Tubbs came in.

Bradley had to demonstrate this to Tubbs. Did she just adjust her skirts, and stand demurely at her desk's chair?

When she wrapped her arms around Tubbs ... did he come up wit "choke hold?" Instead of "hugs?"

Curious George said...

"garage mahal said...
Slightly off topic:
The Sheriff's report on the Prosser/Bradley incident has been released. Pretty interesting. And I bet we won't see a post on it."

Our Peerless Prognosticator keeping his streak alive

sakredkow said...

Prosser's hands merely made contact with her neck...


SteveR said...

There were very different descriptions of that small part (time wise) of the incident. There were many people who only really cared about one of them. Unfortunately some of them operate as journalists.

DaveW said...

I can't remember the details and timeline of this. I was paying only passing remote attention to it at the time.

So I don't recall the details, but I think Prosser was in an election campaign which he subsequently won and the whole thing was playing out in the context of the Walker reforms. Is that about right? These events all occurred contemporaneously?

I'm really interested now, in no small part because I believe falsely accusing someone (especially a white male) of a crime (especially a crime of violence against a woman) is a particular evil.

Kazinski said...

The smoking gun is in Gableman's statement. He relates an incident on Sept. 18th 2008 when Justice Bradley struck him in the back of the head, after he referred to the Chief Justice by her first name "Shirley".

He also said that Bradley was shaking her fist in Prosser's face repeatedly coming within an inch of his face.

garage mahal said...

Just because you put your hands on someone's neck -- being able to "feel it" -- it doesn't always mean it's a chokehold. That's the most important thing we need to take away from this! AND, remember Prosser is like 4'2", and Bradley is like 6'8".

Zac Schultz on Twitter:

Tale of the tape: Bradley 5'3" 131 pounds, 51 years old. Prosser 5'9" 165 pounds, 59 years old. No mention of reach for either justice.

Wait, what?!!!

I'm Full of Soup said...

IOW, Garbage states he will never return Prosser's stolen honor.

I'm Full of Soup said...

And since when do cops interview the husband of a misdemeanor [?] ncident when the husband was not a witness to the incident?

FedkaTheConvict said...

I'm pretty sure Justice Prosser is 68.

FedkaTheConvict said...

>>So I don't recall the details, but I think Prosser was in an election campaign which he subsequently won and the whole thing was playing out in the context of the Walker reforms. Is that about right?<<

Justice Prosser had already won re-election when the "choking" incident took place.

FedkaTheConvict said...

If I'm recalling the chronology correctly, Justice Walsh Bradley's statement came AFTER Bill Lueder's article. So the word had already been in circulation; it could have been possible that she said it to Lueders too but her statement came after his article.

sakredkow said...

That hard-earned reputation of a man who merely puts his hands on another person's neck.

J said...

Prosser walks ..maybe because Prosser's in charge of the entire WI Black Robe gang?

He's a perp, not to say punk ass coward.

sakredkow said...

Oh, where does he get back his reputation as someone who doesn't put his hands on other people's necks?

He can't.

sakredkow said...

Unless it didn't happen.

J said...

Tale of the tape: Bradley 5'3" 131 pounds, 51 years old. Prosser 5'9" 165 pounds, 59 years old. No mention of reach for either justice.

MACHO MACHO MAN. Prosser, the tough TP hombre, eh garag. He was, was being abused by the mean feminazi Bradley!

Read the wiki on the little joto--he's been at this for years. Then GOP-TP macho men of WI like their judges corrupt, venal, closet cased.

DaveW said...

Evil. This is pure evil.

And you guys have this going on at your supreme court? Good Lord.

I roll my eyes about a lot of the political stuff, even political stuff between elected judicial candidates.

But not this.

Kansas City said...

What craziness. Bradley told a lie to the paper about Prosser putting her in a chokehold and it was premeditated because it was weeks after the incident:

""The facts are that I was demanding that he get out of my office and he put his hands around my neck in anger in a chokehold."

She should resign. But it is hilarious that after she charged the smaller Prosser, got in his face, and ordered him out of her office, she now says the issue always has bene workplace safety. What a loon and an embarassment.

Lincolntf said...

She's plainly an evil, stupid bitch. And she's probably the most popular Liberal in Madison right now. It's how they roll.

AllenS said...

Wasn't there a concensus that if one of them eventually was found out to be a liar, then, that person should resign?

Trooper York said...

Maybe he should go to Garage's house.

Maybe not.

Quaestor said...

Bradley is "up and down emotionally"

Up and down? That's bi-polar, which is not the problem. Bradley sounds and behaves like she's demented.

JohnJ said...

Let me add that I remain suspicious that this was a setup of Prosser by Bradley and the Chief Justice. I don't mean to imply that it was planned or even that Bradley and the Chief Justice subsequently discussed strategy. More likely, they each had an immediate realization that Prosser's defensive movements easily could be spun to suit their political purposes—they each knew the script; they didn't need to rehearse it. The fact that the setup failed, doesn't diminish its malice.

Shouldn't Bradley resign?

Skyler said...

A very predictable conclusion. Always bet on the democrat lying.

J said...

Abrahamson indicated that Prosser was "more of the aggressor."

so another lying liberal byatch, eh tough-talking Alt-tard guys

Bust these tweeker-perps, York. Or else

traditionalguy said...

Abrahamson is running the Supreme court as a melodrama put on by Kindergarten Teachers.

That is a dramatis personae that Prosser has to wrestle with to make the Court do anything.

Queen Shirley has figured out that she can get the driver personality in Prosser to over step the bounds of perfect civility and she uses that against him politically.

Anonymous said...

J -- Isn't it true that you can bench 400 lbs.? Tell us about that.

Calypso Facto said...

At least Bradley owns part of her attempts to intimidate the much smaller, older Prosser as she rushed him:

" 'Buddy, get out of my office,' " Bradley said she told Prosser during an interview with a detective on July 12. While saying that, she said in a June 28 interview she was "standing face to face to confront (Prosser)."

She said she specifically remembered using the word "buddy" for a reason.

"Buddy puts me in control and them in the diminutive," she told a detective.

Sizisim in the Supreme Court! Where's the outrage?!?

J said...

Is it true you're a pedophile, tweeker and satanist, Nachos? Tell us about that, scum

The Althouse mob coming to an end

Anonymous said...

J. -- I've never said any of those things about myself. You have told us that you bench 400 pounds. You have also threatened here to beat me up.

I'm still waiting to hear about the British Zionist bankers. I remain intrigued. Tell us more.

J said...

I'm not your pal, Nachos stalker Just STFU. Or better, prepare to be STFU'd.

Now back to Prosser-gate. He's obviously a cowardly little POS who likes to abuse women. Teabug material all the way.

Lincolntf said...

Noldolf also interviewed Abrahamson, who demonstrated Prosser's action with "both of her hands on my neck" and "thumbs in front of my neck and her fingers wrapped around the back of my neck so that her palms were in contact with my neck." Abrahamson "was clear that both of Justice Prosser's hands were around Justice Bradley's neck." Abrahamson indicated that Prosser was "more of the aggressor."

So we now know that she flat out lied, with pantomime even, in order to destroy the career of a sitting Judge. She must resign.

Bender said...

Not only does somebody need to be removed from the court, but she needs to be disbarred.

Joanna said...

garage mahal said...
Zac Schultz on Twitter:

Tale of the tape: Bradley 5'3" 131 pounds, 51 years old. Prosser 5'9" 165 pounds, 59 years old. No mention of reach for either justice.

According to Wikipedia, Bradley was born in '50. Prosser was born in '42. If my math is right, that makes them 61 and 69.

SGT Ted said...

And along comes in J the Progressive to demonstrate his homophobic bigotry for all to see.

Carol_Herman said...

Wasn't this purposely unloaded on a Friday? Knowing that's how the press buries what it doesn't want seen?

DaveW said...

Isn't it true that you can bench 400 lbs.? Tell us about that.

I've seen a man do that. He was a defensive back for the KC Chiefs, he did it in Austin, Texas at the Q...hmm..circa 1995.

Actually, he flippin' worked out with it, lifted it repeatedly.

David said...

My favorite piece of evidence is the law clerk "Rachel."

When first interviewed, she says she heard some loud voices but nothing specific. She spends time with another law clear the evening of the "incident" and they discuss it only in cursory fashion.

Two weeks later, on June 30, she "remembers" that she heard Justice Bradley say that she had been coked, and that she heard a "gasping" sound from Bradley. When asked how she was sure it was Bradley "gasping" she says she knows Bradley's voice so well she can recognize her gasp.

Apparently the Special Prosecutor did not find this evidence too convincing.

Freeman Hunt said...

If he goes off every now and then, it's easy to see why with these two schemers plotting around all the time, and one of them acting hysterical. (Let's face it. "Acting hysterical" is what someone really means when they describe a coworker as "emotionally up and down.")

Alex said...

garage, just because you believe you can bench-press 400lbs and are a streetfighting god, does not make it so.

Freeman Hunt said...

From the report:

We asked Justice Gableman to describe the relationship between Justice Bradley
and the chief justice. Justice Gableman said they have a very close
relationship and described them as having a mother/daughter relationship.
Justice Gableman said he has witnessed the two of them walking around arm in arm
in the past.

Ha ha ha.

Freeman Hunt said...

A quote for Crack:

Justice Gableman said at this time his mind also went back to September 18,
2008, a date that he recalled because it was his birthday. Justice Gableman
said he had been on the court for approximately one month at the time, and while
in a meeting with the other justices, Justice Crooks was reading the horoscopes.

Then there's this total weirdness:

Justice Gableman said he remembers making a comment to the chief justice in a
joking manner and used her first name, Shirley, during this comment towards her.
Justice Gableman said right after he said the chief justice's first name,
Justice Bradley came over to him, hit him on the back of the head and told him
that he needed to show respect to the chief. Justice Gableman said that he
believed Justice Bradley was not joking because nobody was laughing at the time.
Justice Gableman said he has not told anyone about that incident and has not
talked about that incident with anyone, including Justice Bradley, after it

Think Bradley would have tried that with another woman? I doubt it.

Lem Former Twitter Aficionado said...

Is it fair to say the Madison left needs a Heimlich Maneuver.. they are choking on the "chokehold" story.

Lem Former Twitter Aficionado said...

..or maybe they choked and .. died.

..oh no Am I breaking the new civility rules?

David said...

This is not a typical he said-she said where only the two participants saw what happened. There is a lot of evidence and it makes several things clear.

1. The physical incident began when Bradley charged Prosser in an aggressive manner. She was (despite her later denials in an interview) angry and upset when she did so. She deliberately placed herself very close to Prosser, in his "space."
2. Prosser reacted to her charge by raising his hands. He did not step towards her or reach out for her. His hands or fingers touched her neck but he did not grab or exert pressure. They touched for a very brief period of time--a second or two at most.
4. Bradley immediately claimed she had been choked. Prosser did not refute this because he did not realize she had said it. Others who directly saw the incident immediately contradicted Bradley. Bradley immediately went back to her desk and wrote an "incident report."
5. Bradley called Chief Tubbs on the night of the "incident." She apparently did this on her own, though she may have told the Chief Justice.
6. Bradley continued to tell people that she had been choked, starting with her husband the night of the incident. The more she recounted the story, the more convinced and upset she became.
7. When Bradley did not get the result she wanted (whatever that was) at the subsequent meeting of the justices attended by Tubbs, she turned the situation into a official police matter.

It's clear that Bradley put out the word about the "chokehold." Maybe not directly to Lueders but she pushed that narrative to people who would put it out.

It's hard to know whether Bradley convinced herself that she had been choked through her political indoctrination or hysteria, or if she was just making it up. She hates Prosser, dislikes aggressive males and is well schooled in the buzzwords. (Hostile workplace, verbal abuse, etc.) She does not like being confronted, but is willing to confront others. She is inclined to female victimhood and thinks that calling Justice Shirley a "bitch" is akin to drawing a gun.

Prosser should not have called Shirley a bitch, and does get verbally aggressive. So what? These are not his most attractive moments, but Bradley and J. Shirley are lawyers, who have lived in a world of conflict for all their careers. They are not angels either. They ought to be able to handle a person who is sometimes harsh and raises his voice.

(Yes, I called Bradley hysterical. I know it's supposedly dismissive when applied to women, but it appears to apply in this case. If counseling is needed, Bradley might need it more than Prosser.)

It's hard to see how the Judicial Commission would be inclined to recommend discipline of either Prosser or Bradley based on this. I expect they might talk to and advise each of them based, but that will be done confidentially and we will never know (unless someone tells us.)

Lem Former Twitter Aficionado said...

Bradley called Chief Tubbs on the night of the "incident."

Since when is Tubbs chief of anything?

I'm sooo confused.

bagoh20 said...

Don't you guys have an Irish pub where this legal work could be handled more respectfully?

Patricia said...

The record doesn't reflect that Bradley is bigger than Prosser. According to the investigative file, Bradley is 5'3'' and weighs 131 pounds. (P. 15.) Prosser is 5'9'' and weighs 165. (P. 36.)

It's possible Bradley wears heels. It's possible Prosser slumps. It's also possible one or both did not accurately report their height. I don't know these people. Still, on the paper record, it's hard to understand why anyone would say that Bradley is larger than Prosser.

bagoh20 said...

This whole things sounds like something you see on that "Cops" show, where everyone comes stumbling drunk out of the trailer with differing stories about what just happened.

Walker and Perry are discussing starting a new country - a new manly nation. Two states in, 55 to go.

Fr Martin Fox said...

If I were a journalist, I'd be interviewing all the various court denizens, trying to get a sense of the whole picture here. The bits-and-pieces here are highly suggestive of a very weird situation, and if so, I can bet plenty of folks would be more than happy to talk, if their names are left out of it.

Or has this been published, and I haven't seen it?

bagoh20 said...

Their sizes don't really matter here. If a woman is charging a man, and the man is not big enough to hold her back with his hand on top of her head, then he's got no safe place to touch her to stop her from assaulting him.

She repeatedly used her woman victim status throughout this as a weapon and for leverage. The whole thing could never happen with two men.

If I was a woman, I would find Bradley an embarrassment in the same way I would Prosser if he used the advantages of his gender (physical strength) to attack her.

She is simply a bully, and the way she handled this shows she is not worthy of her position.

chickelit said...

You guys are making Bradley sound like she's built like a tank.

Bender said...

It's hard to see how the Judicial Commission would be inclined to recommend discipline of either Prosser or Bradley based on this

And yet, in other cases involving such a degree of deceit and spreading falsehoods, it is all too easy to see how a state bar ethics committee could recommend suspension or disbarment for an attorney who engaged in such dishonesty.

Where's a Wisconsin attorney to file an ethics complaint against her in her capacity as a lawyer when you need one?

walter said...

In the absence of a Zapruder film, we clearly need a 3D CG crime scene reconstruction..nice avatars for Bradley and Prosser. Maybe a third for the always possible 3rd party that all are covering up.

roesch-voltaire said...

Well choke and hands around the neck are mentioned, but I like Judge Prosser's comment best: I remember feeling her neck," could be right out of a horror film.

walter said...

Ah..a film. "Horror in the Court" Excellent. Who gets to play these two?

Carol_Herman said...

One thing 'fur sher." Abrahamson's attempt at destroying Prosser DIDN'T WORK!

Up ahead?

Isn't there still the Judicial Review?

Just because it's been CRICKETS ... doesn't mean there isn't a complaint there, against Abrahamson.

As to the way the media runs ... it's been a joke since the "commie left" disappeared. And, it's all controlled by CORPORATE decisions!

Mike Wallace's 60 Minutes ... is now his son Chris' 10 second jobs.

But since TV took over media ... back in the 1950's ... THE BOOB TUBE went into business with the CIA.

We haven't won one since Korea!

And, the only divide I see is between young and old.

Back in the 1960's? The OLD were sending the young to die in Vietnam.

Nixon? Maybe, he wanted to put the Rockefeller's out of business? But Nixon got taken out by the FBI ... who hid inside Bob Woodward's front pocket.

DEEP THROAT, indeedy-doo.

And, Oswald? Like Bob Woodward, was Naval Intelligence.

The truth disappeared ... because the LEFT died in America!

I don't think the youth come here.

I don't think they vote the way the old people do.

But CORPORATE AMERICA? They're not gonna let go. And, quicker than Disney.

chickelit said...

Well choke and hands around the neck are mentioned, but I like Judge Prosser's comment best: I remember feeling her neck," could be right out of a horror film.

Let's get all CSI: The most sensitive parts of the hands and fingers are the undersides and especially tips of the fingers. The warmest parts of neck of an adult are the dorsal and medial parts (where there is less fat and where the big arteries are). This means that Prosser's fingertips were probably in contact with the sides or back of her neck. If he were facing her, this makes sense. Given the height difference, I'm unsure of exactly where would place his thumbs. Certainly there could have been no chokehold without thumb contact to the ventral portion of her neck.

chickelit said...

Carol_Herman wrote: The truth disappeared ... because the LEFT died in America!

Except at universities....even in the hard sciences!

But we're fixing that problem with the upcoming burst in the higher education bubble.

wv = "cupidap" A dating app for the iPhone.

Carol_Herman said...

Yup. Marx is still the "go to" textbook. Doesn't amount to diddley.

Groucho is way better than Karl.

And, today's kids would recognize a Groucho cartoon.

Left's dead.

Been dead.

And, academia grew too old to matter.

Heck, back in the 1980's, it was the kids who were becoming rich. Not their father's.

Look at Bill Gates. A typical dropout.

Kids are not like their fathers.

And, Disney's not like Coney Island!

Insufficiently Sensitive said...

So who put that word out and why?

It's pretty obvious, from her lavish repeating of the 'chokehold' assertion in meetings and media quotes, that Justice Bradley deliberately started it and hammered on it, and called on the Democrat/Media alliance to furnish its immense megaphone to drench the public in her assertions.

Certainly in June it succeeded - accusations were hurled, riots were assembled, demands were made and the pot was boiled in hopes of Judge Prosser's immersion in the stew.

The lie went around the (media and public opinion) world, and the truth has yet to get its boots on. Justice has not been served, and the Left still viciously bends public opinion by any means necessary.

Lem Former Twitter Aficionado said...
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Sal said...

Prosser said — supposedly — that he thought the Dane County judges and police are corrupt

Is that really paranoia? Shouldn't we just assume that all the lefty judges and union cops are always on the level? NFYJ (no fucking way, Jose).

Lem Former Twitter Aficionado said...

A word count tool says this post contains 5,202 words.

Now, to put that in a scale the average Joe can understand - Derek Jeter would have to get over two thousand more hits, just to come close.

Ladies and Gentleman ;)

Lem Former Twitter Aficionado said...

Mind you.. Althouse did us all a favor synthesising 117 pages..

Kudos to the professor.

Sal said...

Mind you.. Althouse did us all a favor synthesising 117 pages..

Thank you, Auntie Ann. You read the shit so we don't have to. (Especially the NYT).