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We Must Get To Bottom Of Wisconsin State Supreme Court Mess

June 27, 2011

‘Now that the mess has been scattered all over the place let’s make sure we clean it up once and for all.’

Isn’t that a message a parent might make in a rather determined way to a child after something that need not have occurred takes places, and then requires a remedy to make sure it never happens again?

The same parental tone and approach needs to be made by the citizens of Wisconsin to the members of the State Supreme Court.

When I can google the Justice Prosser choke-hold story and find it is making headlines all over the nation then it is time to get this mess investigated and sorted out.

As such, I  am pleased to know that two separate investigations are now underway to ascertain what transpired among the members of the court.

The separate probes are being run by the Dane County Sheriff’s Office and the Wisconsin Judicial Commission, which oversees the state’s judicial ethics code. The sheriff’s investigation was launched Monday; the commission’s was authorized Friday and publicly acknowledged Monday.

“After consulting with members of the Wisconsin Supreme Court, I have turned over the investigation into an alleged incident in the court’s offices on June 13, 2011, to Dane County Sheriff Dave Mahoney,” Capitol Police Chief Charles Tubbs said in a statement.

The sheriff’s office in a statement acknowledged it was taking over the case, but declined further comment.

All members of the court should bend over backwards to amplify and illuminate the issues that have led for the dysfunctional nature of the court to occur in the first place, and then grow to such an extent as to cause a statewide embarrassment.

This is not a good time for the political and democratic institutions in this state.  All year-long there has been a continuing eroding of confidence and support in the systems that are some of the bedrock foundations of our society.  From legislative rancor to the personal animosity on the court there is much to despair over every morning when reading the newspaper.

And it really must come to an end.

Therefore the parties that are investigating what happened to make Justice Prosser snap must get all the facts and present them to the public.  If there needs to be some house cleaning, or group therapy sessions, or a collective demand to ‘lets play nice’…once thing is clear.  What has been allowed to take place must now end.

No one wants to know that our Supreme Court is making headlines for all the wrong reasons.  Lets move forward aggressively with the investigations and then allow for a complete report to be made public.   There should be no sugar-coating or cosmetics applied.  Let the chips fall where they may. 

The public deserves an honest account of what happened, and how it is to be remedied.

  1. June 30, 2011 2:00 AM

    The Sheriff isn’t handling this case personally. Hope that helps ease the fears & concerns that have been so eloquently expressed.

  2. janeofdane permalink
    June 28, 2011 10:30 PM

    Is this early-stage dementia? Prosser IS 68 years old. Maybe the investigation should start out with a mental status evaluation. I have a bad feeling that these episodes will only become more numerous over time. I believe he just promised during the last election that he will maintain the decorum of the court if elected. That promise didn’t last long. Maybe he’s deteriorating?

  3. BlueBlog permalink
    June 28, 2011 11:55 AM

    Oh yeah lets have the sheriff who campaigned for a liberal SC judge investigate this. This will certain be fair an non bias. What a joke

  4. June 28, 2011 6:36 AM

    Yes 0 this mess is important because the SC of wisconsin has become a partisan body, fully joined at the hip with koch/alec/chamber of commerce. But there is a big story that is still under the radar.

    Rep luther olsen has been illegally using his position in legislator to enrich himself for years. He literally steals from children!

    He had an adulterous relationship with joan spillner, the woman that previously had his seat (going back to at least 1999 per journelsentinal aritcle from 2004 quoting her ex john spillner. “Sanctity of marriage” and “family values” man luther olsen maintained his sham marriage until 2004.

    Joan left her seat early to become director of CESA 6 – CESAs in WI are mandated to support public education by providing services. THEY ARE NOT GOVERNMENT AGENCIES and answer to no one but themselves and their essentially hand-picked board.

    Rep olsen has been preaching the destruction of public schools and joan spillner (now wade) is in cohoots, actually violating the law that created CESAs in 1963 (WI stat 116). But it gets worse – against Wisconsin law, luther olsen introduces, advocates, and votes on bills to enrich his joan spillner/wade – they are now married.

    (NOTE: they live together in Ripon, introduce themselves as husband and wife, but local pastors and a private investigation state they neverf formally “tied the knot” though they introduce each other as their spouse and make this statement to public – it would be a commonlaw thing now).

    2 weeks ago, olsen laughed and jokes about a special law to give his wife the right to run charter schools across the state – his committee meeting minutes clearly document this.


    How do we get someone to hold olsen accountable? He has stolen more than 300 million from Wisconsin farmers. His energy/ethanol plant business (it is NOT just his brothers) is a fraud and olsen illegally used his position in legislator to try and enrich himself there to.

    A complaint from the most recent and most blatant attempt has been filed with GAB, but even if they acknowledge the criminality, they will do nothings as they are not really an enforcement body.

    luther olsen has successfully stolen many millions and is fixin’ to steal more. How can we get this full story out before recall?

    How can we hold luther olsen accountable for his crimes against Wisconsin?

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