The Dane County District Attorney wants a special prosecutor appointed to review an investigation into an alleged physical confrontation between two state Supreme Court justices. The request comes now that the Dane County Sheriff’s Office has completed its investigation into accusations that Justice David Prosser put Justice Ann Walsh Bradley in a chokehold during a confrontation in her office in June.
The case has been handed off to Dane County DA Ismael Ozanne, who is asking the County’s Chief Judge to appoint a special prosecutor to review the findings and to determine if any charges should be filed.
The alleged confrontation between Prosser and Bradley came as the high court debated the release of its ruling on an open meetings lawsuit filed against the Legislature by Ozanne. The DA says his office would be fair in handling the case, but he feels a special prosecutor is needed so that any decisions will be free from accusations that they are politically motivated.