Former Capitol Police Chief Charles Tubbs issued a statement Friday backing up state Supreme Court Justice Ann Walsh Bradley’s claim that police set up a security plan in the court offices.
Bradley, in a letter last week announcing her recusal from a Judicial Commission case against Prosser, said the plan was put into place two months before the well-publicized June 2011 incident during which fellow Justice David Prosser placed his hand on Bradley’s neck during a heated exchange. She said the plan was initiated to protect her from Prosser.
"The Capitol Police were contacted by a Supreme Court official in reference to safety concerns," Tubbs said in a statement Friday, reported by the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. "After discussing these concerns a security plan was immediately implemented. This plan did include providing all Capitol Police emergency phone numbers as well as my work and personal contact information."
The Department of Administration had previously contended that there was no evidence of the stepped-up security.
"I can’t find any evidence this ever happened. No emails, no conversations. I can’t find anything. And trust me I’ve checked this like four times now,” department spokeswoman Stephanie Marquis told the Associated Press last week.
In the letter Bradley charged that Prosser’s tantrums and aggressive behavior was a long-term pattern that created workplace safety issues. She said that she and Chief Justice Shirley Abrahamson were advised by police to lock their office doors when working after hours or on the weekend. In addition, she said, police agreed to step up patrols in the Supreme Court offices, and Tubbs offered several personal and work numbers to ensure that the justices had someone to call in case of emergency.
The case against Prosser alleges that he was guilty of judicial misconduct in the incident with Bradley, as well as in an earlier incident in which he called Abrahamson a “total bitch.” Four justices have now recused themselves from the case, making it unlikely to go forward.
Bradley’s letter has emerged as a campaign issue in the re-election run of Justice Patience Roggensack, who, with Prosser, is a member of the court’s conservative majority. Roggensack recently has downplayed the tensions on the court.