Wisconsin Unions Attack Prosser for Calling a Judge a "Total Bitch"

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April 1 2011 2:13 PM

Wisconsin Unions Attack Prosser for Calling a Judge a "Total Bitch"

This is one of the closing arguments against David Prosser in Wisconsin, from the Greater Wisconsin Committee.

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As the deeply divided state Supreme Court wrestled over whether to force one member off criminal cases last year, Justice David Prosser exploded at Chief Justice Shirley Abrahamson behind closed doors, calling her a "bitch" and threatening to "destroy" her.

The incident, revealed in interviews as well as e-mails between justices, shows fractures on the court run even deeper than what has been revealed in public sniping in recent years. Problems got so bad that justices on both sides described the court as dysfunctional, and Prosser and others suggested bringing in a third party for help, e-mails show.

So the video in the ad of Prosser looking like Al Pacino in Dog Day Afternoon is not from the incident. Still.

David Weigel is a Slate political reporter. 

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