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Supreme Court rules Vos must be deposed about Gableman investigation records

By: - January 12, 2022 1:23 pm
Speaker Robin Vos at 11/17/20 news conference

Speaker Robin Vos at 11/17/20 news conference

The Wisconsin Supreme Court ruled on Tuesday that Assembly Speaker Robin Vos (R-Rochester) must sit for a deposition in a public records lawsuit filed against him by government watchdog group American Oversight. 

American Oversight is seeking records pertaining to the partisan review of the 2020 presidential election by former Supreme Court Justice Michael Gableman. American Oversight has alleged that Vos, who has released some records related to the investigation, has not provided all requested records in violation of the state’s open records law. 

Records released so far have provided insight into the amount of money Gableman has spent so far in his review, which has now gone months past its initially stated deadline. 

A Dane County Circuit Court judge ruled earlier this month that Vos could be deposed in the matter. Vos made a last minute request to an appeals court and the Supreme Court in order to avoid the deposition. 

The Supreme Court ruled 4-3 that it would not grant Vos’ appeal for temporary relief. 

“It is an extraordinary petition we grant only in the rarest of cases,” conservative Justice Brian Hagedorn wrote in the decision, which was joined by the court’s three liberal-leaning justices. “Our task is to decide disputes based on the claims raised by the parties, not picking sides and not preferring any particular outcome. The rule of law compels no less.” 

In a dissent, the three other conservative justices stated that the decision ignores “the constitution, caselaw, or basic principles of attorney-client privilege.” 

The public records lawsuit isn’t the only litigation involving the Gableman review. There are several pending lawsuits relating to the testimony of election officials and the mayors of cities that voted for Joe Biden in 2020. 

Vos’ deposition was scheduled hours before he was set to travel to Key West, Fla. for a fundraiser for the Republican Assembly Campaign Committee that costs $6,000 to attend.

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Henry Redman
Henry Redman

Henry Redman is a staff reporter for the Wisconsin Examiner who focuses on covering Wisconsin's towns and rural areas. He previously covered crime and courts at the Daily Jefferson County Union. A lifelong Midwesterner, he was born in Cleveland, Ohio and graduated from Loyola University Chicago with a degree in journalism in May 2019.

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