Complaint filed against Justice Prosser in choke case

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Justice David Prosser

MADISON (AP) — The Wisconsin Judicial Commission has filed a complaint saying it found probable cause that state Supreme Court Justice David Prosser violated ethics when he allegedly put a chokehold on another justice last summer.

The complaint filed Friday with the state Supreme Court said Prosser should be disciplined by the state Supreme Court, but did not specify what the discipline should be.

The incident, in which Justice Ann Walsh Bradley said she was choked, was the most high-profile and embarrassing for the court, which had suffered from several internal conflicts for years. Many of the rifts reflected the court’s 4-3 ideological divide, currently favoring conservatives like Prosser.

A special prosecutor earlier declined to press criminal charges in the incident, saying the versions of what actually happened were too different.