As a sideshow concerning the longrunning soap opera that surrounds Wisconsin Supreme Court Justice David Prosser, this time concerning his attack on fellow Justice Ann Bradley, his good buddy on the court Justice Michael Gableman, evidently told investigators that Justice Bradley had been violent previously. Here’s the relevant paragraph from Deputy Hansen’s report (my bolding):
Justice Gableman said at this time his mind also went back to September 18, 2008, a date that he recalled because it was his birthday. Justice Gableman said he had been on the court for approximately one month at the time, and while in a meeting with the other justices, Justice Crooks was reading the horoscopes. Justice Gableman said he remembers making a comment to the chief justice in a joking manner and used her first name, Shirley, during this comment towards her. Justice Gableman said right after he said the chief justice’s first name, Justice Bradley came over to him, hit him on the back of the head and told him that he needed to show respect to the chief. Justice Gableman said that he believed Justice Bradley was not joking because nobody was laughing at the time. Justice Gableman said he has not told anyone about that incident and has not talked about that incident with anyone, including Justice Bradley, after it happened.
Note the bold bit, that Justice Gableman said it happened on his birthday and only a month into his tenure on the court. That was surely included in his tale for verisimilitude. As reported in the Journal Sentinel and the Wisconsin State Journal, three Justices refuted Gableman’s story, including that there was no meeting that day at all (my bold added).
The three- Justice Bradley, Justice Patrick Crooks, and Chief Justice Shirley Abramson – said that they could recall no such incident and that no meeting among the justices took place on that day.
So much for verisimilitude on Gableman’s part. Now he says that the incident happened a year later, disputing his own testimony that it stuck out in his memory because it happened only a month after he joined the court. Well, why DID it stick out in his mind? Because he made it up?
David Prosser himself has made a mockery of the Wisconsin Supreme Court, and now he is joined by Justice Micheal Gableman. Please note that the term “verisimilitude” stands for a literary device, where an author includes details to make fiction seem more real. That’s what Micheal Gableman did here, including that the date was his birthday, and that it was shortly after he joined the court, in order to make his telling of the incident more believable to the Deputy taking the statement. But those pieces of versisimilitude are exactly what catch Michael Gableman in his lie.
We could conclude, surely, that a man lying to an officer taking a statement does not deserve to serve on the highest court in the state, and it is clear now that Micheal Gableman lied. More importantly, perhaps, every lawyer knows that it is such detail which will be caught in a situation where a witness lies. Every lawyer knows to advise his or her clients not to embellish. It’s amatuerish. Yeah, Gableman evidently isn’t a good enough lawyer to be on the court.
I suppose I forgot to castigate reporters for not using language straight enough here. They should have called Gableman’s lie what it is. . . a lie. And they should further challenge him concerning the details he include to try and dress up his fiction. Alas, the conservative media doesn’t care for facts.