… of hitting fellow Justice Michael Gableman:
State Supreme Court Justice Michael Gableman is sticking by his story that Justice Ann Walsh Bradley hit him on the back of the head, but said Thursday it happened a year later than he originally claimed.
Bradley said in a strongly worded denial Thursday that she never struck Gableman. Three other justices have said they did not witness the alleged incident. The other two justices have not said whether they saw it happen.
Gableman recently told detectives that Bradley hit him on the back of the head on Sept. 18, 2008, for referring to Chief Justice Shirley Abrahamson by her first name. But the Wisconsin State Journal reported Wednesday that the justices did not meet on that day.
The allegation came to light after documents were released from an investigation of a more recent incident between Bradley and Justice David Prosser. In that case, Prosser put his hands briefly on Bradley’s neck after she quickly came over to him during a June 13 argument. The investigative files that have been released have highlighted the discord that has plagued the court for years.
On Thursday, Gableman issued a statement standing by his account of being struck by Bradley, but saying it occurred a year later than he had originally told investigators. In his interview with detectives, however, Gableman said he clearly remembered when it happened because it was his birthday and noted that he had joined the court just a month earlier.
I don’t know if Bradley hit Gableman. Perhaps we need a special prosecutor for that, too.
But I do know that Bradley did not tell the public the truth when she claimed that David Prosser put her in a chokehold, and that she lost her temper and charged at Prosser with a fully or almost fully clenched fist in the air precipitating the confrontation.
Bradley apparently will not be held accountable for her false statement to the public about Prosser.