One of the three former Wisconsin Supreme Court justices picked to investigate whether Janet Protasiewicz, the state’s newest high court judge, should be impeached for taking money from the Democratic Party and refusing to recuse herself on some cases, has similar skeletons in his closet.
The revelation that former Justice David Prosser not only gave Protasiewicz’s political rival $500 but also failed to recuse himself numerous times from cases involving a law he helped pass as a lawmaker creates yet another scandal tied to the high-stakes election this year that swung the court in the Democrats’ favor and threatened the GOP’s decadelong grip on state politics.
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Wisconsin Supreme Court Justice David Prosser asks a question during a hearing at the state Capitol in Madison, Wisconsin, on June 6, 2011. Prosser has been tapped to investigate impeaching newly elected Justice Janet Protasiewicz.
Prosser said he was tapped for the three-person panel to investigate Protasiewicz by Republican Assembly Speaker Robin Vos. Vos had vowed to impeach the high court newcomer bef …