‘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.