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Former Justices weigh in on state of Supreme Court

MADISON (WKOW) -- Former Justices Janine Geske and Jon P. Wilcox talked Wednesday night about the turmoil and obvious divide in the state Supreme Court.

The former justices say it's critical the public trusts the decisions made by the court.

"The Supreme Court has had some problems for a long time," said Wilcox.

Wilcox says disagreements within the high court date back decades.

Even yelling can happen from time to time. But Wilcox says in his 15 years as justice, he's never witnessed someone physically attacked.

"I'm disappointed in this alleged incident but there are other previous problems," Wilcox said.

News surfaced over the weekend an argument over collective bargaining boiled over, and Justice Ann Walsh Bradley claims Justice David Prosser put her in a chokehold in front of several other justices. Justice Prosser denies these claims.

"She's an individual who would much rather try to work things out. I also know Justice Prosser. He replaced me on the court and I think in part we have to wait for the facts to come out," said Former Justice Janine Geske.

The justices spoke Wednesday night in front of the Society of Professional Journalists.

Geske explained how high conflict is normal.

"We all have big egos.  That's how we got where we got," said Geske.

The event was not held because of the recent allegations made against Justice Prosser. This event was actually scheduled weeks in advance.

The Dane County Sheriff's Department and Wisconsin Judicial Commission are investigating the alleged attack. They've said nothing about what they've found.

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