The facts are murky so far as to the alleged altercation between Wisconsin Supreme Court Justices David Prosser and Ann Walsh Bradley.
One thing is clear, however. Only one of the Justices is asserting that a crime took place. That Justice is Ann Walsh Bradley, who issued a press release claiming that “”[t]he 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 ….”
Prosser has not alleged that a crime took place, and simply stated that the charges against him will be proven to be false.
Now lets apply the Anthony Weiner test.
In the hours and days after the photo surfaced of a crotch-shot sent from his Twitter account, Weiner claimed that he was hacked, a criminal offense. Yet Weiner refused to file a police report or notify various federal agencies that a crime had taken place. Weiner apparently recognized that lying to the federal government was a crime, and he didn’t want to put himself in that position, so he simply lied to the public, which was not a crime.
Fast forward to Wisconsin. Justice Ann Walsh Bradley asserts that a serious crime took place, at a minimum a battery.
Has Bradley pressed charges? Unlike Weiner, she knows the identity of the alleged perpetrator. (Actually, Weiner knew there was no perpetrator, but from a public standpoint, he claimed not to know.)
It has been over a week since the incident, and while reports indicate the chief of the Capitol Police was notified by someone, that is a far cry from pressing charges.
If Bradley has not pressed charges, why not? Inquiring minds want to know.