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Judges Extend Block On Vos Testimony In Redistricting Case

Democrats Want Assembly Speaker To Testify Regarding Election Maps

Assembly Speaker Robin Vos
Assembly Speaker Robin Vos, R-Rochester, listens to Rep. John Nygren speak to the press Dec. 4, 2018 ahead of the Assembly gathering for an extraordinary lame duck session of the Legislature held Dec. 4 and 5, 2018, at the Wisconsin state Capitol in Madison. Coburn Dukehart/Wisconsin Center for Investigative Journalism

A panel of judges has extended a block on Democrats’ attempts to force Assembly Speaker Robin Vos, R-Rochester, to testify in a federal lawsuit challenging Republican-drawn legislative maps.

The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reported Tuesday the panel of three federal judges on the 7th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals blocked a lower court order requiring Vos to take questions under oath. The judges said they will wait to decide if Vos has to testify after the U.S. Supreme Court rules in two major gerrymandering cases from other states.

Rulings in those cases out of North Carolina and Maryland are expected later this month.

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The court’s rulings could bolster Democratic arguments in Wisconsin or effectively end their case and any requirement that Vos explain why Republicans drew the maps as they did in 2011.

Wisconsin’s lawsuit is scheduled to go to trial in July.