I refuse to call it "chokegate."
Have you noticed that there has been a precipitous falloff in lefty reporting on this story? Haven't heard too many calls lately for Prosser to resign, or be kicked off the court, or arrested, or hung by his neck until dead.
That's because even though the truth was still lacing up it's track shoes while the lie was circling the globe, it appears that what really happened is finally coming to light - and Judge Bradley is being shown to be either an hysteric or a liar.
According to one witness, Bradley charged toward Prosser, shaking her clenched fist in his face. Another source says they were "literally nose to nose." Prosser then put his hands up to push her away. As one source pointed out, if a man wants to push a woman who is facing him, he wouldn't push her in the chest (unless he wants to face an entirely different criminal charge). Consequently, Prosser put his hands on Bradley's shoulders to push her away, and in doing so, made contact with her neck.
At that moment, another justice approached Bradley from behind and pulled her away from Prosser, saying, "Stop it, Ann, this isn't like you." Bradley then shouted, "I was choked!" Another justice present replied, "You were not choked." In a statement following the incident, Bradley maintained Prosser "put his hands around my neck in anger in a chokehold."
Ok, so why hasn't Bradley pressed charges?
During the meeting, Chief Justice Abrahamson actually reenacted the incident on Chief Tubbs - no doubt an amusing sight, as the diminutive Abrahamson mimicked choking the tall, portly police chief. During her demonstration, Abrahamson emphasized that Prosser had exerted "pressure" on Bradley's throat.
"There was no pressure," interrupted the justice who had initially broken up the incident between Bradley and Prosser. "That's only because you broke us apart," shot back Bradley. This exchange led several meeting attendees to believe Bradley was making up the charge, as they took her rejoinder as an admission that there was no pressure applied to her neck.
Any formal investigation of the incident would reveal Bradley to be a liar. So how does any investigation either cover up Bradley's lies or actually find her version the truth?
While Bradley has not filed any charges against Prosser, an investigation was initiated by the Capitol Police, who then quickly turned the case over to the Dane County Sheriff, David Mahoney - who once actually appeared in a campaign ad supporting the reelection of Chief Justice Abrahamson. The ad also included not-yet-famous circuit-court judge Maryann Sumi, whose ruling the Supreme Court had to vacate in order to allow Scott Walker's collective-bargaining bill to stand.
Nothing like an impartial investigation to clear the matter up, eh?