Bill C in the comment section yesterday pointed us to h Ann Althouse’s coda on the Prosser/Bradley flap:
Everyone who thinks Prosser must to resign if he attacked Bradley ought to say that if Bradley attacked Prosser, she should resign.
Note that almost none of the people who were crying for Prosser’s resignation over the weekend are saying any such thing.
If that happens, then the tactic of leaking the original version of the story to the press will have backfired horrifically for Democrats, as Governor Scott Walker will name the Justice to replace Bradley. If both Justices erred and must resign, that will be 2 appointments for Walker, both of whom, I would imagine, will be stronger, younger, and more conservative than Prosser, and, with Bradley gone, the liberal faction on the court will be reduced to 2, against a conservative majority of 5.
Kinda makes you want to apportion blame evenly, doesn’t it?
No – I have a hunch that’s not what’s going to happen. More on that below.
AND: Remember, the legislature has the power to impeach, so it is Bradley who is at the greater risk as the story, suppressed for 11 days, comes out. The legislature could play neutral and impeach both Prosser and Bradley, but that would give 2 appointments to Scott Walker.
I can think of a lot of women who, when physically assaulted by a co-worker, might not call the police immediately. Alcoholic women from trailer parks, women with Alzheimers and women on parole who get attacked by other parolees while buying crack, mostly.
Not a lawyer and judge.
Eleven days? It just doesn’t pass the stink test.
ALSO: People may assume that the man is larger than the woman, but — from what I have heard — Bradley is significantly larger than Prosser. Bradley is also 7 years younger than Prosser, who is 68.
My hunch – Bradley did it, and has spent the couple of weeks trying to make it go away.
My prediction – the Wisconsin Dems will play the gender card for all its worth. They’ll try to set up a (utterly false) equivalence with Prosser’s alleged verbal confrontations with the Chief Justice.
Those are no-brainer predictions, of course.