Justice Rebecca Bradley is facing an onslaught of revelations about her past.
Justice Rebecca Bradley is facing an onslaught of revelations about her past. (Photo: Rebecca Bradley Facebook)

Judge Rebecca Bradley facing the torture of death by a thousand cuts

In 10th century China, there was a form of torture and capital punishment called lingchi which was a slow slicing of your captured enemy, usually resulting in death.

The practice, finally outlawed in 1905, spawned the semi-popular saying, "Death by a thousand cuts," coming to mean a slow and continued buildup of information that eventually achieved a dastardly result.

Hello Rebecca Bradley.

Bradley, in case you are in the vast majority of people who don’t pay particular attention to races for the Wisconsin Supreme Court, is a sitting justice, running now for a full 10-year-term. She was appointed by Gov. Scott Walker; it was the third time he appointed her to one judgeship or another.

She is also currently in the middle of a prime example of death by a thousand cuts, played out almost exclusively in the largest newspaper in the state, The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel.

Here’s the order of cuts so far in the paper, which doesn’t do much well anymore, but it does do stuff like this.

March 4

Bradley left a session of the court while the justices were hearing oral arguments in order to give a speech to the state chamber of commerce, a group that has spent heavily on her behalf.

March 7

The paper discovered things Bradley wrote for the Marquette Tribune 24 years ago while attending the university. Among the writings, the paper had this quote from Bradley‚Äôs writings, following the election of Bill Clinton: "Either you condone drug use, homosexuality, AIDS-producing sex, adultery and murder and are therefore a bad person, or you didn't know that he supports abortion on demand and socialism, which means you are dumb. Have I offended anyone? Good ‚Äď some of you really need to wake up." She also wrote: "How sad that the lives of degenerate drug addicts and queers are valued more than the innocent victims of more prevalent ailments."

March 8

Here comes another one from her days as a college student. The quote from the paper: "Women even declare some right t…

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Bo Ryan resigned unexpectedly in December and the UW investigated an affair with a masseuse.
Bo Ryan resigned unexpectedly in December and the UW investigated an affair with a masseuse. (Photo: David Bernacchi)

UW investigated alleged affair between Bo Ryan and massage therapist

Ever since Bo Ryan suddenly stepped down as the basketball coach at the University of Wisconsin, rumors of an alleged extra-marital affair have circulated as one of the reasons for the unexpected resignation. 

On Saturday, Deadspin reported that the university investigated those allegations from the woman in the alleged affair and reported that Ryan had not misused any university resources. The full Deadspin report can be found here. 

The Wisconsin State Journal later Saturday reported the identity of the woman as confirmed by the university and released copies of the woman's original email to the university in which she made a series of claims about Ryan and their affair. The update from the newspaper is here.

Ryan and Athletic Director Barry Alvarez said at the time that the resignation had nothing to do with the affair or the investigation. Their position has not changed.  Ryan released this statement on Saturday.