The Rise and Fall of David Prosser

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.

1. Here is a history of one of David Prosser’s more extreme positions from Jud @ Uppity WI.

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!

3. The Green Bay Press Gazette endorses Kloppenburg:

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.”

Vote JoAnne Kloppenburg for Wisconsin Supreme Court Justice April 5th!


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5 thoughts on “The Rise and Fall of David Prosser

  1. Taxpayers of Wisconsin do not make a mistake and vote for an activist judge Like kloppenburg. She is a far left union controlled activist judge, her agenda is going to cost you the middle class workers hundreds of dollars out of your paycheck as she will have to repay groups such as AFSCME District Council 48, AFL-CIO, ATF Local 212 and many other unions are supporting this very dangerous women. The far left is trying to paint her as an independent, they are liars just as she is a liar. The unions and activist judges like her have one goal, to destroy the free market system in this country and make you the tax payer pay for it. This election is about greed and the unions keeping control of your paycheck.

    1. Assuming for a moment that you came to these conclusions on your own, as opposed to simply reciting the Republican talking points, would you happen to have anything that could be categorized as, say, evidence, to back up your assertions? You claim she is an activist judge when she’s never before served on the bench. You could readily claim inexperience, but then again since it’s an elected position, there are no qualifications.

      You know, if you were commenting on right wing sites such as Drudge report, your rantings would just blend in with the rest of the Greek chorus. But this is a liberal blog. You are representing the contrarian point of view, and quite frankly, you’re doing a crappy job. I can read the right wing talking points anywhere. If you want to persuade the other readers that your viewpoint is the correct one, then you need to bring a lot more than your weak sauce to the table. When all you do is “it’s Obama’s fault and the evil unions rule the world”, you get tiresome in a hurry. If you refuse to treat your audience as intelligent, rational people, then all we can do is to assume that you are neither intelligent, nor rational. Then you’ll wonder why nobody pays attention to you.

      1. I couldn’t have said it any better myself.

        The fact is, there are “activist” judges on both sides of the political spectrum; that moniker shouldn’t be reserved just for liberal-leaning judges.

      2. Rich,

        You should try to exercise a bit more patience with Notalib. As I explained in a comment very early this morning Notalib has a condition known as Dumbass.

        Dumbass is a culture borne disorder treatable only through heavy beer drinking and straight, plain talk laced with strategic profanity and political incorrectness. I’m an expert in the treatment of Dumbass but, sadly, cannot help people who don’t want help.

        People with Dumbass are often severely discriminated against by many liberals, progressives, etc, which only deepens the disturbance and renders subsequent treatment efforts more difficult.

        A much more pernicious and intractable form of the disorder is Complicated Dumbass, often referred to as Smartass.

        Examples of Smartass can be found often on this blog, wherein various commenters attempt to appear reasonable or logical, using sonorous language and avuncular tones to stealthily advance the same ideologically driven drivel that Notalib so unabashedly spews.

        Think of it this way. Dumbass is loud, Smartass is quiet.

        Smartass is much more difficult to treat given the liklihood that Smartass sufferers have usually read and internalized the writings of Ayn Rand and her ilk.

        To my knowledge the only case of spontaneous remission in a serious case of Smartass is Arianna Huffington, though some claim she may be relapsing.

        So now that you know what you’re facing, Rich, perhaps you can find it in your heart to be a bit more tolerant of Notalib. He’s got Dumbass. Cut him some slack.

        And keep hoping that maybe some day we’ll find a cure.

  2. I think it’s really telling that Lucey not only stepped down, but that he also endorsed JoAnne Kloppenburg.

    Hopefully this all translates to good things for Kloppenburg on April 5.

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