Vos subpoenaed in state redistricting case

2013-01-28T09:30:00Z 2013-12-17T10:53:03Z Vos subpoenaed in state redistricting caseALISON BAUTER alison.bauter@journaltimes.com Journal Times

MADISON — Speaker of the Assembly and local representative Robin Vos was one of several Republican leaders subpoenaed Friday to testify in an ongoing state redistricting case.

Peter Earle, attorney for Milwaukee-based immigrant rights group Voces de la Frontera, said Vos, R-Rochester, was summoned to testify under oath as the group seeks to examine certain state computers for evidence of documents potentially wrongfully withheld in connection with the 2011 legislative redistricting process. Voces contends that state officials won’t tell them where those computers are located.

“The question of where these computers are and whether all documents on the computers have been produced is crucial to the case,” Earle said.

Voces is one of two groups suing the state over the 2011 redistricting maps, which they allege unfairly weakened Latinos’ voting rights in Milwaukee. During redistricting, the Legislature is tasked with redrawing voting district boundaries based on population changes, according to Census data. The once-a-decade process was controlled by Republican legislators in 2011, after divided legislative control put that power in the courts’ hands for the past several decades.

A panel of federal judges last year ruled in Voces’ favor, ordering that two Assembly districts in the Milwaukee area be adjusted accordingly, but subsequent failure to disclose certain documents related to the process has kept the case in motion for the past five months.

In August the plaintiffs said they wanted to search three state computers used in the redistricting process, and they sought subpoenas so they could find out where the computers were.

Subpoenas were served last week on Vos, as well as Senate Chief Clerk Jeffrey Renk, Assembly Chief Clerk Patrick Fuller and the Legislative Technology Service Bureau, according to media reports.

Vos is expected to appear in Dane County Circuit Court Friday at 10 a.m., Earle said.

The Speaker declined to comment on the case Monday.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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  1. morninmist
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    morninmist - January 30, 2013 1:53 pm
    guess what.
    Walker has a defense lawyer.
  2. morninmist
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    morninmist - January 30, 2013 1:52 pm
    Guess what. Vos and others subpoenaed. ha ha
  3. ggodmuls
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    ggodmuls - January 29, 2013 4:43 pm
    People come here to share and be entertained.

    I'm ENTERTAINING, and people read my every word. You prove it daily.

    Yes, I suffer through your posts, mostly Boorish attacks that lack any creativity, sophisticated sarcasm, humor, or intelligence. Can you at least put a little more effort into your posts? The senility must be taking over.
  4. GM
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    GM - January 29, 2013 1:28 pm
    Oh, I believe they not only found those PCs in the dumpster...the FBI was able to recover what was on those PCs. Now, we wait for the Scott Walker "perp" walk. It's coming...
  5. margeg
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    margeg - January 29, 2013 11:11 am
    strange, strange, strange, but whenever the liberals don't get their way they cry foul.
    We had to put up for 8 years with doyle and his cronies, secret meetings, stealing from one fund to pay another, hiring irreputable people, etc. but when the conservatives are in power and get to draw redistricting lines the liberals go ballistic. Guess what? We won.
  6. I Come In Peace
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    I Come In Peace - January 29, 2013 11:09 am
    Walker's staff ditched their PC's after he left his county executive position. Those have yet to be found.
  7. I Come In Peace
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    I Come In Peace - January 29, 2013 11:09 am
    The Democratic Party received over 200,000 more votes this past election. And some people actually want to believe it's a mandate for Walker, not Gerrymandering.
  8. I Come In Peace
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    I Come In Peace - January 29, 2013 11:07 am
    I've said it before, I'll say it again. Today's middle class and poor Republicans will do anything to vote against their own best interests.
  9. granny grits
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    granny grits - January 29, 2013 8:40 am
    You just can't seem to help yourself from making comments confirming the notion that your ability to read and comprehend is in serious jeopardy.

    Yes, people laugh at your idiotic posts. Perhaps it's time to change your name again?

  10. ggodmuls
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    ggodmuls - January 29, 2013 7:02 am
    Proof? Your unsupported statements are just that - they make as much sense as filling out a Florida Income Tax Statement.
  11. Seatweaver
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    Seatweaver - January 29, 2013 4:12 am
    Vos will do his usual whining and will tell the hearing folks,
    "I see nothing, I do nothing, I
    know nothing!"
  12. An American
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    An American - January 28, 2013 10:22 pm
    How did Forrest Gump say it: "Stupid is as Stupid gets." Vote Republican and wonder why your future is in the ditch, along with that of jdummy. Such intelligence -- and waisted on top of it.
  13. 2brnt2b
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    2brnt2b - January 28, 2013 10:01 pm
    No mention of the nearly $2 mil to the lawyers for their gerrymandering expertise? tax payer money to disenfranchise... tax payers?
  14. An American
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    An American - January 28, 2013 7:37 pm
    I just noticed, Robin and Paul Ryan have what we used to call "round lips" and that wasn't from eating "square meals."
  15. Zigmond
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    Zigmond - January 28, 2013 7:05 pm
    Poop in one hand and wish in the other, see which fills up first. Even easier than inditing a ham sandwich is subpoenaening one and trying to ruin it's reputation using the the legal system, standard operating proceedure for Voces. See what they are doing to a great Wisconsin employer, Palarmos Pizza. They falsely file a NLRB claim, lose that and still do not want a vote union vote that they know will lose --http://www.bizjournals.com/milwaukee/news/2012/08/17/palermo-villa-inc-asks-voces-de-la.html

    Voces is a hardcore, radical left wing political organization that must be kept away from our impressionale youth in our taxpayer funded schools. Say "NO" to YES.
  16. An American
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    An American - January 28, 2013 5:26 pm
    "Bad boys .. bad boys... What you going to do when they come for you? Bad boys, bad boys. Even little Orval Redenbach can get popped.
  17. ggodmuls
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    ggodmuls - January 28, 2013 4:47 pm
    Yeah, but it's nothing at all when Cory Mason is suddenly moved from Kinzie Ave. to Michigan Blvd... Is Cory planning to do anything for the large African American population that he represents on the Democrat Plantation because they suffer from unreal rates of unemployment? OR is he just going to concentrate on the important SWPL*, DWL* issues like Marsupial Bridges, Root River Paths and transferring wealth from homeowners to Preferred Downtown Racine business owners?

    *Stuff White People Like
    *Disingenuous White Liberals
  18. mt_pleasantly
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    mt_pleasantly - January 28, 2013 4:42 pm
    Every state owned computer has an asset number attached to it. Should be too hard to track down the computers, unless someone is deliberately withholding information.
  19. jrunny
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    jrunny - January 28, 2013 11:59 am
    love the concern for st Pete beach. Again nothing will change and the libs are just wasting my money.
  20. granny grits
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    granny grits - January 28, 2013 11:41 am
    Even republicans admit the only way they were able to retain the house was through gerrymandering. Hiding the evidence should command a real penalty.
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