Wisconsin Supreme Court Justice David Prosser is stepping down after nearly 18 years on the bench. Prosser announced his retirement Wednesday in a statement from the court. He says his last day will be July 31. Prosser is 73 and didn't give a reason for his retirement.
Former Republican Gov. Tommy Thompson appointed Prosser to the high court in 1998 and he's one of five conservative-leaning justices.
Prosser made headlines in 2011 when he placed his hands around liberal-leaning Justice Ann Walsh Bradley's throat. It happened during an argument over a legal challenge to Act 10, Gov. Walker's law gutting public unions in Wisconsin.