Daily Bread for 1.12.22: Speaker and Deponent

Good morning.

Wednesday in Whitewater will be mostly cloudy with a high of 34.  Sunrise is 7:23 AM and sunset 4:43 PM for 9h 20m 10s of daytime.  The moon is a waxing gibbous with 75.7% of its visible disk illuminated.

 On this day in 1969, the New York Jets of the American Football League defeat the Baltimore Colts of the National Football League to win Super Bowl III in what is considered to be one of the greatest upsets in sports history.

 Mitchell Schmidt reports Supreme Court denies Robin Vos’ request to block deposition over records request in election probe:

The Wisconsin Supreme Court on Tuesday denied Assembly Speaker Robin Vos’ request to block a Dane County judge’s order directing him to sit for a deposition as part of a liberal watchdog group’s lawsuit seeking public records surrounding the GOP-ordered review of the 2020 election.

The depositions were ordered last week by Circuit Judge Valerie Bailey-Rihn, who expressed confusion over how so few documents were produced from the first three months of former state Supreme Court Justice Michael Gableman’s ongoing probe. Bailey-Rihn ordered Vos, R-Rochester, and his staff attorney Steve Fawcett to sit for depositions Wednesday.

The state’s high court issued a 4-3 decision Tuesday, with conservative Justice Brian Hagedorn joining liberal justices in finding that Vos’ request to prevent the depositions needed to be first filed as a petition for a supervisory writ in the court of appeals.

“This petition comes nowhere close to meeting these legal standards,” according to court documents. “Following the law here means the petition must be denied.”

Vos might have to sit for not merely this deposition, but others. It’s hard to be a deponent. The Speaker of the Assembly runs his show; a deponent answers questions, sometimes awkwardly and uncomfortably. (Vos may yet craft an excuse to postpone today’s deposition: he got lost, has the sniffles, or his dog ate his car keys.)

The order appears immediately below —

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