Much has been written here and elsewhere about how about Scott Walker and Scooter Jensen’s favorite judge: David Prosser. Since there is always new and exciting information coming through, here are some new(and old/uncovered) Prosser stories.
Prosser, of course, spent many years in the Wisconsin assembly as a far-rightwing Republican and in 1981 successfully fought back an effort to kill an old law that was still on the books that made sex illegal for everyone except married couples.
This is from a AP article in 1981:
The law says anyone having sexual intercourse with a person other than his or her spouse is guilty of a Class A misdemeanor. It carries a maximum penalty of nine months in jail, or a $10,000 fine, or both.
The funny thing was that the bill would have still made it illegal for MARRIED persons to have sex with anyone other than their spouse, thereby, making adultery still illegal. But that wasn’t enough for puritanical Prosser, who led the opposition to those trying to kill the bill.
2. A couple more from Uppity WI, he has hitched his re-election wagon not only to Scooter Jensen, but also Michael Gableman and Dan Kapanke. A quick side not on Kapanke: Expect the recall petition to be filed today on Senator Kapanke! Congratulations to the tireless workers of the recall efforts there. Well done! One down/seven to go!
Further, Kloppenburg strikes us as the more levelheaded candidate, and frankly we have been troubled by some of Prosser’s statements throughout the campaign. During a meeting with the Press-Gazette editorial board, Prosser said repeatedly the Impartial Justice Act, which provides public funding for state Supreme Court candidates, was designed to oust him from office. At one point, he went so far as to call it “a law designed to get Dave Prosser,” and said he had “a target on my back.” His insistence that this is the case is unsettling.
4. Sarah Palin proudly endorses David Prosser. Still waiting to hear who Brittney Spears and Lindsey Lohan endorse in this race. We will bring them to you as soon as they are available!
6. Finally, and this is a big one, Governor Patrick Lucey, David Prosser’s co-chair, stepped down and endorsed JoAnne Kloppenburg.
“I can no longer in good conscience lend my name and support to Justice Prosser’s candidacy. Too much has come to light that Justice Prosser has lost that most crucial of characteristics for a Supreme Court Justice – as for any judge – even-handed impartiality. Along with that failing has come a disturbing distemper and lack of civility that does not bode well for the High Court in the face of demands that are sure to be placed on it in these times of great political and legal volatility.
“At the very same time that my confidence in Justice Prosser has waned, I admire and have continued to be impressed with Assistant Attorney General JoAnne Kloppenburg. She has adhered throughout the campaign to even-handedness and non-partisanship and has exhibited both promising judicial temperament and good grace even in the heat of a fierce campaign.
“For these reasons I have today resigned as Honorary Co-Chairman of Justice Prosser’s campaign, and I endorse Assistant Attorney General JoAnne Kloppenburg for the Wisconsin Supreme Court on April 5, 2011.”