The Wisconsin State Journal has just obtained 70 pages of the Dane County Sheriff's Office's investigation into the Supreme Court's June 13, 2011 altercation: Deputy Report for Incident 110176237 (.pdf).
"Justice Prosser said the speaker of the assembly, Jeff Fitzgerald, put the court in an awkward position by saying they needed to have a decision by June 14, 2011; otherwise [the assembly] would have to vote all over again." — Interview with Prosser, page 37.That's money. Remember, this was a separation of powers case. This court is not beholden to Jeff Fitzgerald in any way, shape, or form. If Justice Prosser felt pressured to release the court's order according to Fitzgerald's timetable — and the conservative members of the court had convened in Justice Bradley's office for the very purpose of expediting the Chief Justice's attached dissent — then that's pretty inappropriate.
And it's at least as significant as the altercation itself. Despite his denials of his Waukesha County press agent's December, 2010 promise to "complement" the Scott Walker/WISGOP agenda, it sounds as if this is exactly what Justice Prosser and his conservative colleagues were doing.
Now let's see if the local press picks up on that.
Also: Mike Gableman's eyewitness testimony.